There is one obvious problem: this machine is hammered. It appears to have spent the last 50 years or so in a barn or attic with no cover. The seller even commented that he had done an initial cleaning. Every part that can be dried out is. The paint is scuffed, chipped, oxidized and crazed. At this point, you may be wondering why on earth I bought this beater. Am I really so crazed about key choppers that I would rescue junk?
As the title implies, you will need to read on for the answer.
The typewriter on the right goes by the name of "Keylime". She will remain a mystery until a future post. However, a side-by-side view gives you a pretty good idea of how far gone this poor red Royal is.
|Kissing cousins, as if anyone would want to kiss a derelict.|
As seen below, this rescue was not entirely altruistic. Actually, it possesses a typeface that is my one of my "white whales". It is an obsession among obsessions.
This typeface appears to be identical to that of a Royal Aristocrat shown on the Cambridge Typewriter Company blog. Tom Furrier identified it as "Moderne Pica Block, Ra 280" by Alfred Ransmeyer & Albert Rodian Vereinigte Typenfabriken, Berlin. I have reason to believe this is actually the common variation of the rare Vogue typeface available for the 1930 variation of the Royal portable. More on that subject in a later post.
|Is this Vogue by another name?|
This poor machine has seen better days. I have yet to take it apart to assess whether it can be repaired as is. If not, the type bar assembly will become the subject of a transplant operation to another Royal. For what it is worth, the other residents in the House Full of Nerds think it is beautiful and see its potential. I'll give repair an honest try or perhaps combine it with another parts machine if necessary.
What do you think? How far should I go to bring this basket case back to good health? I am out on travel at the moment, so comment moderation will be delayed. Rest assured, they will appear in the near future!