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1954 Royal RP Serial # RP-19-5303714 1954 Royal RP typewriter, Serial # RP-19-5303714 Ian Brumfield's 1954 Royal RP typewriter. 2018-01-25 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ian Brumfield: 1954 Royal RP Serial # RP-19-5303714 Machine arrived 10/28/2017. The only wide-carriage RP currently known to exist. Equipped with sans-serif typeface; missing power cord.

UPDATE: With special thanks to Jett Morton for lending me his power cord, I got this machine running on 1/26/18 by hand-cycling the carriage return pulley top to front, completing the carriage return cycle and breaking the bind. While it is still very much limping along, a few characters type and most of the basic functions work. From this and some information from Peter Stuart, I have identified this typeface as Pica Semi-Gothic.

1954 Royal RP #RP-19-5303714

Status: My Collection
Created: 10-29-2017 at 07:56AM
Last Edit: 01-25-2018 at 10:46PM


Description:

Machine arrived 10/28/2017. The only wide-carriage RP currently known to exist. Equipped with sans-serif typeface; missing power cord.

UPDATE: With special thanks to Jett Morton for lending me his power cord, I got this machine running on 1/26/18 by hand-cycling the carriage return pulley top to front, completing the carriage return cycle and breaking the bind. While it is still very much limping along, a few characters type and most of the basic functions work. From this and some information from Peter Stuart, I have identified this typeface as Pica Semi-Gothic.

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Photos:


Shortly after unpacking, attempting to remove the packing peanuts that jammed the machine.
Shortly after unpacking, attempting to remove the packing peanuts that jammed the machine.



Typebasket - sans-serif typeface visible.
Typebasket - sans-serif typeface visible.


The ad I found for the RP series Royal Electric - this ad, or slight variations of it, is the only ad I have yet found for this machine. TIME appears to have been their preferred publishing location.
The ad I found for the RP series Royal Electric - this ad, or slight variations of it, is the only ad I have yet found for this machine. TIME appears to have been their preferred publishing location.

With the rear cover off (visible in the background), the motor and carriage return pulley are visible.
With the rear cover off (visible in the background), the motor and carriage return pulley are visible.

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