I just found this today. I think this may be the most beautiful typewriter I've seen. I always liked the lines of the '40s Royal portables, but this 1936 may be even more pretty. The fact that it's a shiny maroon/red color is just icing on the cake. It's a VERY quiet machine, fully lined with thick felt. It feels quite a bit like the Quiet De Luxes that I've owned, but maybe a slightly firmer strike. It's also carriage shifted instead of basket shifted like the later portables. It types very nicely, but just like all the Royal portables I know, you do have to pace your typing well so as not to overlap typed characters. This has a 10-pitch pica typeface. The rubber parts, the feet, the rollers, the platen, they're all surprisingly still healthy and rubbery. No real rust to speak of. The only real flaw is the paint is flaking off of the paper tray. That was an entirely chrome plated part that was then painted, so it makes sense that the paint bond was less than ideal. Not sure what to do there. Maybe there's a car paint that would be a nice replacement there. Otherwise, this machine is in very good shape, the case too.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.
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