Wouldn’t you think that props in a modern movie about WWII would be historically accurate? Especially when that movie is the five Oscar-winning “Saving Private Ryan,” the props in question are typewriters, and the movie stars a prominent typewriter collector such as Mr. Tom Hanks?
I hadn’t watched “Saving Private Ryan” in a few years, but pulled it off the shelf this evening to evaluate an upgrade to my home theater speakers (Klipsch Heresy, highly recommended). I was focused on the battle scenes, but couldn’t help noticing a certain out-of-place typewriter in profile at the 37-second mark in the following clip (00:28:42 in the film):
Recognize it yet? It’s a second-generation Hermes Ambassador, circa mid-1950s. The platen knob and tab clearing lever are dead giveaways. Not exactly the typewriter you’d expect to see in a U.S. military typing pool on June 6, 1944, is it?
So what gives – did the props department goof up, or was someone (i.e. Tom Hanks) having fun and playing an inside prank; a dog whistle of sorts for the typewriter nerds?