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1913 Royal 5 Serial # 143006-5 1913 Royal 5 typewriter, Serial # 143006-5 James Gifford's 1913 Royal 5 typewriter. 2019-03-23 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1913 Royal 5 Serial # 143006-5 Found this sitting lonely atop a stairwell at a curiosity shop hidden among some taxidermy. The paint is pitted and there's some rust, it's missing the spools and will need some mechanical work (nothing works but the carriage slides fairly free on the rails), but it sure is pretty. Only the second of these I've seen in the wild. The other one was not for sale.

1913 Royal 5 #143006-5

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-23-2019 at 05:24PM
Last Edit: 03-23-2019 at 05:24PM


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Found this sitting lonely atop a stairwell at a curiosity shop hidden among some taxidermy. The paint is pitted and there's some rust, it's missing the spools and will need some mechanical work (nothing works but the carriage slides fairly free on the rails), but it sure is pretty. Only the second of these I've seen in the wild. The other one was not for sale.

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Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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