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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Mary Tyler Moore: 1936-2017

Mary Tyler Moore: 1936-2017

Mary Tyler Moore, Who Incarnated
The Modern Woman on TV, Is Dead

        The actress, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She had recently turned 80. -- New York Times

Los Angeles, November 1970. "Mary Tyler Moore rehearsing and performing on the set of the Mary Tyler Moore Show." 35mm negative from photos by Douglas Jones for Look magazine. View full size.

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Once Upon A Time She Was Sam

In the early days of TV (1957-1959) there was Richard Diamond (David Janssen) as a suave private eye who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles where he tools around in a convertible with a car phone.

His sexy receptionist Sam (Mary Tyler Moore) whose face we never saw but oh those legs minds the office while Diamond solves his cases.

I'm closing in on my 80th decade but I can still see that shot of her legs. Some things you remember. Some things you forget.

Farewell sweet lady.

You won't find any of that office equipment today

Besides the huge old manual typewriter, you won't find any of items on her desk in a standard modern office today. Maybe the pen, but no typewriters, no paper desk calendar, no picture-tube TV.

OK, maybe the flowers.

Mary Tyller Moore

Eu assisti The Mary Tiller Moore Show em minha infância. Essa excelente atriz marcou minha vida. Que Deus a tenha!!!

A Royal desk ornament

Oh, boy ... Mary's writing her stories on a Royal HH manual. Made from 1952 to 1956, the HH was over-engineered to the point that they practically never failed, so repeat sales suffered, contributing to the eventual demise of Royal as an independent office-machine manufacturer.

Non Sequitur

Many of us enjoyed MTM's roles over the years but let's stop and take a look at her mighty Royal HH typewriter. First introduced in 1952 it was, according to the following website, favored by the likes of George Burns, Herb Caen and Truman Capote. I'm staring at one across in my office right now - brown with green keys.

http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/typers.html

 
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