1965 Royal Empress #MCS 11-8123543
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-04-2015 at 07:38AM
Last Edit: 06-04-2015 at 07:41AM
The Empress is no doubt the largest manual typewriter Royal ever produced. Around the time this model was released, the Safari model was also started. Safaris, although nice to look at and use, are very poorly made compared to Royal's earlier models. They also don't take wear very well, and were produced at a budget.
But then there's the Empress. Don't let that plastic carriage return lever fool you - this is one solid machine, built like a tank. It types just as well as it looks, maybe better. It has the snappiest and lightest touch of any Royal standard I've used. It's a shame they aren't more common, like their younger cousins.
I got this machine from an antique shop. I clean typewriters for them, and this is one of the two I was given to deep clean for sale, the other being an inferior 60's Royal Aristocrat. Once I had it stripped down to the frame, I fell in love. The cool elite typeface is just icing on the cake.
Later, when I returned the two machines, I inquired about this one. They let me have it for the price of cleaning both of the typewriters. Basically, I got it for free.
It's my best typing and best looking standard typewriter.
(Ted, do you recognize the typeface? I'm trying to ID it.)
Hunter: Jack B (JustAnotherGuy)
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Royal Empress on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Royal Serial Number page and the Royal Empress By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.