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1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe Serial # A-1557031 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter, Serial # A-1557031 Dan Johnson's 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter. 2014-03-31 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe Serial # A-1557031 This machine is such a joy to use! It is my favorite machine for routine typing. Despite some cosmetic messiness around the logos, it is in fine shape and types rather well.

I like its 12-point Elite typeface better than the conventional 10-point fonts on most of my other typewriters.

Having typed on several variants of this model, including Arrows and at least one other Quiet Deluxe with round keys, it seems my fingers prefer the squared-off keys of this one. My guess is that the edge provides a reassuring "ledge" that my brain interprets as confirmation that my fingertips are hitting the keys properly.

As this one receives most of my typing attention, I do enjoy having one of those black-and-correction ribbons rather than black-and-red, because making a correction doesn't require that my fingers leave the area of the keyboard.

1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe #A-1557031

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-12-2014 at 03:05PM
Last Edit: 03-31-2014 at 01:17PM


Description:

This machine is such a joy to use! It is my favorite machine for routine typing. Despite some cosmetic messiness around the logos, it is in fine shape and types rather well.

I like its 12-point Elite typeface better than the conventional 10-point fonts on most of my other typewriters.

Having typed on several variants of this model, including Arrows and at least one other Quiet Deluxe with round keys, it seems my fingers prefer the squared-off keys of this one. My guess is that the edge provides a reassuring "ledge" that my brain interprets as confirmation that my fingertips are hitting the keys properly.

As this one receives most of my typing attention, I do enjoy having one of those black-and-correction ribbons rather than black-and-red, because making a correction doesn't require that my fingers leave the area of the keyboard.

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Same typewriter, same paper, same ribbon: wow! What a difference a little rubbing alcohol on an electric toothbrush makes! I slid a folded paper towel under the business ends of the type bars then gave the glyphs a good brushing.
Same typewriter, same paper, same ribbon: wow! What a difference a little rubbing alcohol on an electric toothbrush makes! I slid a folded paper towel under the business ends of the type bars then gave the glyphs a good brushing.

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