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1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe Serial # RA-2803578 1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter, Serial # RA-2803578 Mei Travis's 1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter. 2021-05-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe Serial # RA-2803578 This is my fourth RA-model Royal Quiet De Luxe, and the 2nd one from Indianapolis, IN. I'm smitten with this particular style of typewriter because it was my first American machine. The minor adjustments I've done on each machine were intuitively easy enough, and so I keep finding myself desiring more of the same models I know how to tweak and love how they type. This era of RQDL are quite possibly the ugliest models they ever made, but the earthy colorways of the 1940s & 50s are growing on me, especially since the bright candy colors are considerably more expensive nowadays. Lots of collectors complain about the skipping and escapement issues of the RQDL, but I've had good luck so far with these RA-models that have the speed control like the Royal HH. Perhaps the few years that these were produced were the pinnacle years of high-quality workmanship on the assembly lines of the Royal QDL.

1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe #RA-2803578

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 03-18-2021 at 12:44PM
Last Edit: 05-17-2021 at 12:34PM


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This is my fourth RA-model Royal Quiet De Luxe, and the 2nd one from Indianapolis, IN. I'm smitten with this particular style of typewriter because it was my first American machine. The minor adjustments I've done on each machine were intuitively easy enough, and so I keep finding myself desiring more of the same models I know how to tweak and love how they type. This era of RQDL are quite possibly the ugliest models they ever made, but the earthy colorways of the 1940s & 50s are growing on me, especially since the bright candy colors are considerably more expensive nowadays. Lots of collectors complain about the skipping and escapement issues of the RQDL, but I've had good luck so far with these RA-models that have the speed control like the Royal HH. Perhaps the few years that these were produced were the pinnacle years of high-quality workmanship on the assembly lines of the Royal QDL.

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Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.



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