1967 Royal Custom #CM7258460
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-20-2017 at 09:31PM
Last Edit: 07-20-2017 at 09:35PM
Bloomington, Illinois antique mall purchase.
Had not visited any Illinois antique malls so this was new territory on my way to St. Louis.
Came with case which is identical to my 1965 Royal Safari SA6403258, except this 1967 has a logo after the "Royal" which must signify the "McBee" in the corporate name Royal McBee Corp.
For a portable it is heavy with the metal frame although the frame around the keyboard is plastic.
The ribbon wasn't fresh but enough for a typeface sample. The "f" key was sticking a bit. But the machine did type well. The metal piece with the letters "CUSTOM" resting on the platen has some rust/corrosion spots. The SN does have a "CM" prefix. The paper wouldn't release by working the paper release lever so I had to use the right platen knob.
Hunter: Tom Beauvais (TomA2Mich)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Changed my collecting priorities to portables except the Olympia SG3 with the cyrillic keyboard and my Underwood No. 5--those beasts are too heavy. Sold my earlier typewriters to a friend. I had too many. I use carbon paper for typefaces when the machines have faint ribbons. I take photos with my Canon Powershot SX50HS (50x optical zoom and macro settings). I find it difficult doing typeface specimens since I use a Corsair K70 RGB gaming keyboard plugged into my 15-in Macbook. I got it solely for the deep key travel. I have fun hunting machines in antique malls in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
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