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1935 Royal O Serial # O-412248 1935 Royal O typewriter, Serial # O-412248 Richard Bettes's 1935 Royal O typewriter. 2018-09-11 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Richard Bettes: 1935 Royal O Serial # O-412248 This typewriter is the one that got me started in collecting. My grandmother bought this machine between 1934 and 1935 and used it regularly for the rest of her life, writing elected officials, family members, doing genealogical research and writing poetry. I still have her original correspondence in some cases, done on this machine. I inherited it when she passed in 1977, and taught myself to type on it when I decided to go back to school in the late 80's. Just had it cleaned and the platen resurfaced, so it works like new. Since I pulled it out at the beginning of the year, I have typed about a hundred pages on it, and as long as I keep my speed reasonable and my timing even, it works fine. like other early Royals, it will skip a space and double up on letters if you go too fast. This seems to be a transitional "O" model, because it doesn't have the ribbon reverse knob on the side, but on the left cover in front of the ribbon spool, and the spools are covered, not like the early models. It could have been one of the last O's before they went to the "Flat Top" design in the late 30"s

1935 Royal O #O-412248

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Richard Bettes (GramsRoyal)
Created: 08-06-2018 at 12:55PM
Last Edit: 09-11-2018 at 12:38PM


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This typewriter is the one that got me started in collecting. My grandmother bought this machine between 1934 and 1935 and used it regularly for the rest of her life, writing elected officials, family members, doing genealogical research and writing poetry. I still have her original correspondence in some cases, done on this machine. I inherited it when she passed in 1977, and taught myself to type on it when I decided to go back to school in the late 80's. Just had it cleaned and the platen resurfaced, so it works like new. Since I pulled it out at the beginning of the year, I have typed about a hundred pages on it, and as long as I keep my speed reasonable and my timing even, it works fine. like other early Royals, it will skip a space and double up on letters if you go too fast. This seems to be a transitional "O" model, because it doesn't have the ribbon reverse knob on the side, but on the left cover in front of the ribbon spool, and the spools are covered, not like the early models. It could have been one of the last O's before they went to the "Flat Top" design in the late 30"s

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Hunter: Richard Bettes (GramsRoyal)

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I am a retired printer going back to letterpress and hot type days, and just recently have begun collecting. I have acquired four typewriters so far, ranging from the 30's to the 60's; two Royals and two Smith-Coronas (well, almost two--one is a Sears Tower Commander). I love working on small machinery, and have been known to do a bit of woodworking occasionally. Also play guitar and mandolin and have been spotted at picnics and barbecues playing in string bands (Americana). I think old cars are great as well.
I don't have a preference for a specific style or date of typewriter yet, but seem drawn to mid-century portables. I'd like to try a few desktops to complement my writing, but we'll see what the budget and my wife's sanity can tolerate.



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