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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
1964 Royal Empress

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1964 Royal Empress
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Status: My Collection
Created: 09-09-2017 at 12:46PM
Last Edit: 09-09-2017 at 12:50PM

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Love the look and curves of this massive machine. It's missing a few parts, including the plastic return lever, but it works fine. I enjoy the space-age beauty of this beast more than I do its utility. The keys seem flimsy given the size of the machine, and the spacebar is too narrow, out of proportion, to me, anyway. And that wee typeface . . .

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James Gifford
Username: giffer

I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.

1964 Royal Empress Photo Gallery

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