These things are everywhere and often very affordable. While the shell and look would change for the Royal desktop over the years, the basic guts remained essentially the same machine for decades. I love the light, snappy, and very easy feel of the Royal desktops. I also happen to think the HH is a pretty good looking machine as well. I found this one in very nice condition at a local antique mall for $28. It's just a great typer and a workhorse that just wants to keep going. It's a very fast typer too.
This one has a serial number that begins with HHP which designates "pica" typeface.
This big brown hunk of metal is a pleasure to type on.
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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