Merrill Denison's Typewriter - Bon Echo Visitor Centre

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Merrill Denison wrote many of his books at Bon Echo. He made rough drafts on yellow newsprint before typing on his Underwood Typewriter. This "thinking paper" was ordered from the Tweed. News in 1,000 page lots. Donated by D & D Macgregor, May 1996.

Muriel Goggin (Denison) used this as her writing desk at Bon Echo.

Mary Savigny writes in her book, 'Bon Echo - The Denison Years':
“Muriel’s old portable Underwood typewriter was a disappointment to me. The moving parts didn’t move very well and the type face was gummed up. I typed a couple of letters from Merrill’s almost indecipherable handwriting and then found the courage to ask for an old brush, some lighter fluid and oil. Though he couldn’t understand what I was going to do, he dutifully produced the tools. He was so intrigued with the process he said, “Let me try that!” Whereupon he sloshed lighter fluid over the type, brushed enthusiastically and splashed black ink on my best summer dress. He didn’t notice. I didn’t complain. Always I was to be amazed at his child-like curiosity and eagerness to learn about something new - even something so mundane as cleaning a typewriter.”

Part of the Bon Echo Provincial Park Album.
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