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1965 Royal Empress Serial # MCE16 8281788 1965 Royal Empress typewriter, Serial # MCE16 8281788 Tas Kyprianou's 1965 Royal Empress typewriter. 2024-02-23 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 1965 Royal Empress Serial # MCE16 8281788 It was love at first sight with this "Beluga" whale meets "Darth Vader" (see the profile shot taken at my desk) looky-likey. I then spent two weeks looking at YouTube clips (thank you everyone) and reading through the wonderful listings here as I tried desperately to convince myself NOT to buy one. I failed. There was something in the sound of its typing action that, combined with the curves and heritage, made it irresistible to me. It belonged to a secretary who'd had it serviced its entire life and the last service label is now in my ephemera scrapbook. This types SO well; just like my other Royal standards. It's more or less identical inside to my HH but with the Elite typeface size, the action is somehow sweeter, tighter, and more accurate. Only had it for a day and I'm head over heels with it.

The space bar is very Lettera 32esque - thin. It's nice and makes a rather unique, reassuring punctuating "thud" every time it's activated.

Weighs in at 16.2Kg

1965 Royal Empress #MCE16 8281788

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 02-22-2024 at 06:03AM
Last Edit: 02-23-2024 at 05:56AM


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It was love at first sight with this "Beluga" whale meets "Darth Vader" (see the profile shot taken at my desk) looky-likey. I then spent two weeks looking at YouTube clips (thank you everyone) and reading through the wonderful listings here as I tried desperately to convince myself NOT to buy one. I failed. There was something in the sound of its typing action that, combined with the curves and heritage, made it irresistible to me. It belonged to a secretary who'd had it serviced its entire life and the last service label is now in my ephemera scrapbook. This types SO well; just like my other Royal standards. It's more or less identical inside to my HH but with the Elite typeface size, the action is somehow sweeter, tighter, and more accurate. Only had it for a day and I'm head over heels with it.

The space bar is very Lettera 32esque - thin. It's nice and makes a rather unique, reassuring punctuating "thud" every time it's activated.

Weighs in at 16.2Kg

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Darth Vader . . .
Darth Vader . . .








Basically the same innerds as an HH but with added room at the back and sides!
Basically the same innerds as an HH but with added room at the back and sides!

Added rubber discs to dampen ribbon cover.
Added rubber discs to dampen ribbon cover.




Very Smith Corona
Very Smith Corona




SO easy to adjust shift alignment
SO easy to adjust shift alignment






Yummy - wished it were metal though.
Yummy - wished it were metal though.




Elite sized typeface
Elite sized typeface

Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

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Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 4045

UK member with Greek Cypriot heritage, living in London.
Relatively new to the hobby - My first machine was an Everest Mod 90 that I bought after watching a Violet Evergarden anime in December 2021.
My collection now consists of 40 machines. Nice round number. Time to stop I reckon. . .

My absolute favourite remains (just) my 1939 Royal KMM. For me, it's both the prettiest and the "warmest" to type on. It has "Majik" (with a nod to Sandy1)
I count my blessings that I am lucky enough to have amassed such a beautiful bunch.



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