1963 Royal Custom #CU5451605
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-08-2018 at 01:38PM
Last Edit: 11-06-2018 at 12:53PM
Found this at a small swap meet looking as though it had sat on an outdoor porch for half a century, which it may have done. Amazingly, all the features seemed to work, though a little sluggishly. Gashes in the paint and so much grunge that I wasn't sure after an hour of cleaning if I'd ever get down to the letters on the keys. But it's cleaning up quite well. And the type is very well aligned and clear even with a bit more cleaning to go. As this serial number is lower than any so far posted in the database, I'm guessing date as 1964.
P.S. Since posting this gallery, I found the list of Royal serial numbers and see that this machine's S/N is higher than 5200000 that began 1963 and lower than 5584967, that began 1964, so it is actually from 1963. Good to keep learning!
Hunter: Paul Seitz (pstype)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
After too many rapid cross country moves, I realized suddenly that my c. 1964 Hermes 3000 was missing - lost or stolen at some point in a move. I'd bought that machine new from a shop as I entered high school, did all my homework on it, typed all my college research papers and my Master's thesis on it, but gradually used it less and less over the years. Still, the sudden realization that it was gone felt like a really significant loss, which puzzled me. Wondering why I was so moved by the loss of something I hadn't actually used in years, I began to get more and more interested in typewriters and the many layers of stories each seems to accumulate. I started to learn a little - just enough to have a chance to find some good machines that I can afford, as I gradually try to understand the (apparently, important) place of the typewriter in my soul.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Royal Custom on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Royal Serial Number page and the Royal Custom By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.
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