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1967 Royal 440 Serial # 440 11-8642145 1967 Royal 440 typewriter, Serial # 440 11-8642145 Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters's 1967 Royal 440 typewriter. 2018-03-07 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters: 1967 Royal 440 Serial # 440 11-8642145 It's battered, bruised, scratched and ugly, but, there is a funny story attached to this tired, worn-out Royal 440. Many years ago (c. 2010) I responded to a Craigslist advertisement for a few typewriters, and met my friend and collecting-partner Sean. He sold me this Royal 440 with a basket-shift issue and a grinding carriage. After having fixed the machine up to it's full potential, I sold the machine a few years later through another Craigslist advertisement in 2014. Thinking that was the last I would see of it, I was not thinking anything when another friend of mine notified he found a Royal 440 standard in a storage locker, in a city about 150 kilometers away from my home. After all, they are relatively common machines, so I wasn't surprised to find another one. However, Sean had written the serial number and year of manufacture in the cover with a sharpie. And low-and-behold, the typewriter turned out to be the same 440 I had sold 3 years prior.
According to my friend, the person I sold the typewriter to vanished off the face of the earth. Even police doesn't know where she is. Her birth-certificate, family photos, passport, etc. were all in that storage locker, along with the 440.
The typewriter had been treated rough after I sold it. The machine had heavy corrosion by the keys, and body paneling had more scratches and dents before. I took it home, and once again completely took it apart and serviced the machine, trying to remove the rust as best as I could.
This is the final result. (The type-sample is not very representative as the alignment works fine but I didn't realize I didn't adjust the carriage-return leaver enough hence the text overlapping.) But the machine is tired. I might just find a nice place where I can donate it, and let it retire. This 440 has done well.

- Dirk

1967 Royal 440 #440 11-8642145

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-07-2018 at 06:09PM
Last Edit: 03-07-2018 at 06:11PM


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It's battered, bruised, scratched and ugly, but, there is a funny story attached to this tired, worn-out Royal 440. Many years ago (c. 2010) I responded to a Craigslist advertisement for a few typewriters, and met my friend and collecting-partner Sean. He sold me this Royal 440 with a basket-shift issue and a grinding carriage. After having fixed the machine up to it's full potential, I sold the machine a few years later through another Craigslist advertisement in 2014. Thinking that was the last I would see of it, I was not thinking anything when another friend of mine notified he found a Royal 440 standard in a storage locker, in a city about 150 kilometers away from my home. After all, they are relatively common machines, so I wasn't surprised to find another one. However, Sean had written the serial number and year of manufacture in the cover with a sharpie. And low-and-behold, the typewriter turned out to be the same 440 I had sold 3 years prior.
According to my friend, the person I sold the typewriter to vanished off the face of the earth. Even police doesn't know where she is. Her birth-certificate, family photos, passport, etc. were all in that storage locker, along with the 440.
The typewriter had been treated rough after I sold it. The machine had heavy corrosion by the keys, and body paneling had more scratches and dents before. I took it home, and once again completely took it apart and serviced the machine, trying to remove the rust as best as I could.
This is the final result. (The type-sample is not very representative as the alignment works fine but I didn't realize I didn't adjust the carriage-return leaver enough hence the text overlapping.) But the machine is tired. I might just find a nice place where I can donate it, and let it retire. This 440 has done well.

- Dirk

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