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1964 Royal Caravan Serial # CR5865503 1964 Royal Caravan typewriter, Serial # CR5865503 James Gifford's 1964 Royal Caravan typewriter. 2016-12-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1964 Royal Caravan Serial # CR5865503 This lovely Royal Caravan came out of a house in Columbus, Ohio. The case didn't promise much (grimy, nicotine-stained) but the typewriter sure delivers. A very sturdy yet elegant machine, even in grey (the blue ones look much nicer). There's much discussion about Bob Dylan using a Caravan on Robert Messenger's blog, and I like to think that he left this behind after he passed through Columbus on tour. The only curious thing about it is the absence of a bail bar, so the paper rolls up vertically as you return the carriage with nothing to hold it down. I'm not sure if it ever had one or not. Anyway, now I have to go find it in blue.

1964 Royal Caravan #CR5865503

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-29-2016 at 09:27AM
Last Edit: 12-29-2016 at 09:30AM


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This lovely Royal Caravan came out of a house in Columbus, Ohio. The case didn't promise much (grimy, nicotine-stained) but the typewriter sure delivers. A very sturdy yet elegant machine, even in grey (the blue ones look much nicer). There's much discussion about Bob Dylan using a Caravan on Robert Messenger's blog, and I like to think that he left this behind after he passed through Columbus on tour. The only curious thing about it is the absence of a bail bar, so the paper rolls up vertically as you return the carriage with nothing to hold it down. I'm not sure if it ever had one or not. Anyway, now I have to go find it in blue.

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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