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1958 Royal RE Serial # REE-13-6513739 1958 Royal RE typewriter, Serial # REE-13-6513739 Mark Rice's 1958 Royal RE typewriter. 2022-04-09 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Rice: 1958 Royal RE Serial # REE-13-6513739 I won this typewriter on ShopGoodwill.com for $28 + $30 S/H/T totaling $58. It was dirty and completely non-functional. The carriage would not move. The electric motor tried to turn, but the fluted roller underneath wouldn't budge. After cleaning and lubrication, the roller still wouldn't move. It turns out that many of the little kicker feet were in contact with the roller. You have to reset them manually so that none of them are engaged to the roller when first turning on the machine. Once they were clear, the roller turned and keys started functioning. It still needs more mechanical cleaning as the return and line advance is slow. But I consider it a success just to get it working as well as it does. It's also a beautiful "Nile" or "Willow" green color - very 1950's looking.

1958 Royal RE #REE-13-6513739

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mark Rice (TypewriterNoob)
Created: 04-09-2022 at 07:20PM
Last Edit: 04-09-2022 at 07:23PM


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I won this typewriter on ShopGoodwill.com for $28 + $30 S/H/T totaling $58. It was dirty and completely non-functional. The carriage would not move. The electric motor tried to turn, but the fluted roller underneath wouldn't budge. After cleaning and lubrication, the roller still wouldn't move. It turns out that many of the little kicker feet were in contact with the roller. You have to reset them manually so that none of them are engaged to the roller when first turning on the machine. Once they were clear, the roller turned and keys started functioning. It still needs more mechanical cleaning as the return and line advance is slow. But I consider it a success just to get it working as well as it does. It's also a beautiful "Nile" or "Willow" green color - very 1950's looking.

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Hunter: Mark Rice (TypewriterNoob)

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I'm over 60 now, but bought my first typewriter (a 1920's Underwood) when I was a teenager for $5.00. Unfortunately, I sold it 15 years later for $5.00 because I thought it was a useless, outdated boat anchor. Fast forward 35 years and I bought a Smith Corona Tabulator at a garage sale for $5.00 to show my grandchildren what a manual typewriter is and how it works. A couple years later, I bought an Oliver No. 9 at an antique store for $54 because of its interesting design. Within a month, I had spent over $1,000 and bought 16 more typewriters from a 1905 Remington No. 6 upstrike to an electric Olivetti Praxis 48.

I'm pretty handy, so my plan is to clean and repair them. I'll keep some for my private collection and sell others to support my new typewriter addiction.



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