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1964 Royal Empress Serial # MCE-11-7931113 1964 Royal Empress typewriter, Serial # MCE-11-7931113 James Gifford's 1964 Royal Empress typewriter. 2017-09-09 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1964 Royal Empress Serial # MCE-11-7931113 Love the look and curves of this massive machine. It's missing a few parts, including the plastic return lever, but it works fine. I enjoy the space-age beauty of this beast more than I do its utility. The keys seem flimsy given the size of the machine, and the spacebar is too narrow, out of proportion, to me, anyway. And that wee typeface . . .

1964 Royal Empress #MCE-11-7931113

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-09-2017 at 12:46PM
Last Edit: 09-09-2017 at 12:50PM


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Love the look and curves of this massive machine. It's missing a few parts, including the plastic return lever, but it works fine. I enjoy the space-age beauty of this beast more than I do its utility. The keys seem flimsy given the size of the machine, and the spacebar is too narrow, out of proportion, to me, anyway. And that wee typeface . . .

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Was fooled into thinking this was the serial at first (see next photo). This must be a part number, or general model number.
Was fooled into thinking this was the serial at first (see next photo). This must be a part number, or general model number.

The actual serial number.
The actual serial number.

Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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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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