1963 Royal Safari #SA-5562184
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-07-2019 at 06:14AM
Last Edit: 06-07-2019 at 06:19AM
i 've bought this pretty typewriter (paid $20) at the northern outskirts of montreal from a family who probably owned the machine back from nineteen-sixties, although it hasn't been used for some time. based on the serial number (SA-5562184) i guess it's 1963.
the typewriter works and is in a decent state overall, although backspace and the "a" hammer need fixing. i do intend to keep using it from time to time. a brief comparison tells me i love the feel of the electric smith corona more, but i'm in love with the retro-futuristic design of royal safari.
p.s. more photos to come later.
p.p.s. i really need advise on fixing two problems with this pretty machine:
1) sometimes the carriage return takes the carriage one position too far to the left (take a look at the typeface specimen);
2) the backspace doesn't work: the carriage moves a bit, but something (can't figure out what, haven't tried more than visual examination though) prevents it from going full one position back.
Hunter: Ivas Tarasyk (tivasyk)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
i remember playing with typewriters when i was a kid, back in ukraine: for some reason that i couldn't explain those machines fascinated me. much later i fell in love with computers, taught myself to touch-type and became addicted (sic) to mechanical keyboards. later yet i stumbled upon an abandoned typewriter in one of thrift shops in montreal and couldn't get my eyes off it --- it was a smith corona pride line automatic 12, not a rarity by any means, but i fell in love.
however i'm not a collector and intend to never become one: i use what i buy and i only buy what i intend to use, and i just don't call this "collectioning". besides, so one typewriter is probably all i'll own... or two, you never know with those thrifty shops, haha!
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