1954 Royal Quiet De Luxe #RA-2866152
Created: 09-02-2016 at 01:03PM
Last Edit: 12-01-2016 at 02:33PM
QDL, Pica typeface.
It appears that all "RA" prefix QDLs from 1953/54/55 are outfitted with "Speed Selector", a knob for increasing/decreasing the carriage motor tension, to fine tune it to your touch. A feature often found on Royal standards of the 50's like the HH, (called "Carriage Control") but apparently only found on a portable like the QDL in those 3 years, and only on "RA" prefix QDLs.
Hunter: Ted Munk (munk)
I am a scoundrel without a cause, and my swank outshines the sun.
I am a casual Typewriter Hunter residing in the sweltering deserts of Arizona with a wife, three cats and about 50 typewriters. My main hunting ground is thrift stores, and I rarely pay more than $10 for a machine. My collection consists mainly of portables with cases, and they stay in the cases unless I am actively using it (usually more than one at a time). I do, however keep a handful of interesting Selectrics, including a Composer and a couple of large Nakajima Electronics to use as daisywheel printers for my vintage laptop collection.
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