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1928 Royal P Serial # P74316 1928 Royal P typewriter, Serial # P74316 James Gifford's 1928 Royal P typewriter. 2016-09-06 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1928 Royal P Serial # P74316 I picked up this poor old lady at an auction, where I found myself in a bidding war with one other buyer (probably a shill) before I'd had the chance to look at it closely. The drawband seems to be caught up in the carriage return mechanism and, if I'm right, the machine is missing its ribbon covers. The case latch is bent. And it's missing some paint and its stencilling is worn and faded. Other than that, she's in great shape! This will be one of my winter projects. I'll research the ribbon covers some more, and if I can't find period replacements I might try fabricating them. I think I'm right about the model and year, based on the P prefix in the serial number.

1928 Royal P #P74316

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-06-2016 at 05:22PM
Last Edit: 09-06-2016 at 05:27PM


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I picked up this poor old lady at an auction, where I found myself in a bidding war with one other buyer (probably a shill) before I'd had the chance to look at it closely. The drawband seems to be caught up in the carriage return mechanism and, if I'm right, the machine is missing its ribbon covers. The case latch is bent. And it's missing some paint and its stencilling is worn and faded. Other than that, she's in great shape! This will be one of my winter projects. I'll research the ribbon covers some more, and if I can't find period replacements I might try fabricating them. I think I'm right about the model and year, based on the P prefix in the serial number.

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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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