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196x Royal Royalite Serial # tbd 196x Royal Royalite typewriter, Serial # tbd Heather Hjorth's 196x Royal Royalite typewriter. 2023-06-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Heather Hjorth: 196x Royal Royalite Serial # tbd This sleek little portable machine seems to date from the early 1960s - I will update this as soon as I can locate the serial number (hints on where to find it appreciated). It came with its original carrying case and a few extras, like a sleeve of carbon paper. Something about the rounded aesthetic worked for me, and I associate anything 'Made in Holland' with quality.
I'm delighted to have the original case, but question the choice of combining the burgundy lining, rust exterior and sandstone colored machine. The colors alone-fine, but in combination? I wasn't there, so perhaps I'll never understand.
I took this machine outside for a brief blowing clean with my foot operated air pump. There was a Bazooka gum wrapper folded up and wedged inside which took some time and finesse with tweezers to extract.
So... part of me wants to paint the bottom part of this gloss black and the top part metallic gold... but I just joined here and don't want to get kicked out prematurely ;)

196x Royal Royalite #tbd

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Heather Hjorth (Weaklink)
Created: 06-05-2023 at 12:01PM
Last Edit: 06-05-2023 at 12:07PM


Description:

This sleek little portable machine seems to date from the early 1960s - I will update this as soon as I can locate the serial number (hints on where to find it appreciated). It came with its original carrying case and a few extras, like a sleeve of carbon paper. Something about the rounded aesthetic worked for me, and I associate anything 'Made in Holland' with quality.
I'm delighted to have the original case, but question the choice of combining the burgundy lining, rust exterior and sandstone colored machine. The colors alone-fine, but in combination? I wasn't there, so perhaps I'll never understand.
I took this machine outside for a brief blowing clean with my foot operated air pump. There was a Bazooka gum wrapper folded up and wedged inside which took some time and finesse with tweezers to extract.
So... part of me wants to paint the bottom part of this gloss black and the top part metallic gold... but I just joined here and don't want to get kicked out prematurely ;)

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Side view of Royalite
Side view of Royalite

The inside of the case for this Royalite.
The inside of the case for this Royalite.

Hunter: Heather Hjorth (Weaklink)

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I collect a variety of mechanical marvels including accordions, pump organs, and typewriters. In addition to collecting, I enjoy cleaning the machines and learning to perform basic repairs.

My typewriter collection began with a 1950s-era Underwood DeLuxe, purchased in the 1990s. Several decades passed before the typewriter bug bit again. Now I live surrounded by a small army of manual machines, including a Blickenderfer No. 7, a tiny 3 bank Underwood (1923), a Smith-Corona Clipper, a handful of Remingtons, and others.

Typewriters let me commune with the memory of my mother. Mum was an amazing typist - a legal secretary at a white-shoe NYC law firm who could accurately type over 100 wpm. Later in life, she taught middle school - many subjects - but typing was her favorite. Unlike teaching English, there was no pile of unpaid papers to grade. Prior to the advent of word processors, her last typewriter was a hulking beast of an IBM Selectric.



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