|Royal typewriter, circa the 1930s.
Yesterday I received the 1930s era Royal typewriter that I purchased off of eBay several days ago. I eagerly unwrapped it, put a sheet of paper in the platen, and ripped off a few "the quick red fox..." lines to give it a test drive.
It took me less time than it took to type the two sentences above to recall that sometimes the Good Old Days are not as good as we remember them to be. Some of the keys require more fingertip pressure on them than other keys, so sometimes you will type some words and a few of the letters will look lighter or be completely missing when you are finished typing. We don't have such problems with modern word processors on our computers.
The machine has been restored and doesn't appear to have any mechanical issues. It also looks really really cool!
|The front view of the typewriter, which displays nicely infront of a collection of 1930s detective novels.
I simply like the retro look of the Royal typewriter as shown in the close up view of the keyboard below.
|Close up view of the keyboard. The key characters are enclosed in glass with nickel plated keys.
The Royal 1930 typewriter will probably be used only as a decorative display piece in my wargame room, but you never know. I might feel the urge, once in awhile, to break out some paper and click and clack off a few paragraphs.
I suppose that I could go back further than Old School and get a colonial printing press, but that is an entirely different hobby than what I am doing with my writing these days.
|Fritz suppervises young Igor as he prepares the pages
for tomorrow's edition of the Der Alte Fritz Journal.
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