I was providing some typewriters for a short film, and during a break in filming that day I bought this typewriter from the father of one of the crew members. He had no idea of the history of the machine or anything like that, and I have discovered the following since then:
This typewriter was manufactured in the early months of 1943. I discovered that through the serial number database. I then saw an old 1942 Royal advertisement that explained what a recent governent resolution meant. On March 6th, 1942, the United States government declared that all typewriter sales would cease, including the rental and rebuilding of machines. On March 15 in compliance with the government, Royal drastically scaled back its production of standard and portable machines. All of the machines manugactured after March 15th, 1942, were built specifically for use by the government, the armed forces, or for war contractors. That means that this QDL is one of those machines! It is also approximately 7k machines away from the production halt, meaning that (so far) this machine is the closest known to the production halt!
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've been hunting for typewriters since 2012, but I've loved them for long before that... about 2003. In the short amount of time in which I've started seriously collecting I've amassed a collection of over 65 machines (now specializing in Royals), one of which is parts. At the ripe old age of 20, to boot!
In November of 2013 I participated in National Novel Writing Month and hit a pretty decent 105,991 words; all written on manual machines. I think that this is a new record, but there isn't any official record keeping in the Typewriter Brigade.
I also run The Daily Clipper, which while admittedly abandoned for 2 years is back up and running, soon to bring you articles on all sorts of history. Scheming and planning a website on the same domain.
Here it is in the grass at the 8th annual Antique Typewriter Collector's Meeting (2015) in Morgantown, WV! (Photo credit: Richard Polt)
It's a candy basket! Happy Halloween! ;-)
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