I outbid a key chopper on ebay to get this machine. It had been used by at least two generations in a family and came clean and well kept. I love it when a typewriter has spent its entire life in living areas. No basement funk!
You may have read elsewhere that the Signet is very basic. Take a look at the margin setting system and you will find out what "basic" means. Example: the back of the paper table and space bar are not painted.
|Not much to see here. However, it seems elegant compared to the long spring that runs the carriage on a stripped Olympia from the same era.
These 1932 Royals have one thing in common besides the family name: sans serif typefaces. Keylime sports the optional Vogue typeface. The Signet is equipped with a specially designed italic typeface in caps only. The latter is quite good for typing on aluminum foil sandwiched between sheets of paper. Who needs a shift mechanism, anyway?
Thanks to Ted at Munk.org, I finally have an original ad that shows both machines. The Signet is the result of some dramatic cost cutting with an original price of $23.50 as compared to $45.00 for the Portable. I've never seen any information on the topic of the price of Vogue as an option. Did it cost more? Who knows. They still appear to be scarce. Adjusted for inflation, $45 in 1932 would have the value of $750 today.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting our green Royals. They have been enjoying a long turn outside their cases. Before you leave, be sure to pull up a seat and have a slice of Keylime's pie!
|Yes, the pie MEK picked up from Sweet Perfection Bakery was far better than that sorry pun. Rumor has it that the proprietor's son is sweet on the gingercat.
|Fresh from the backyard studio! More to come on this wild beast in the month of October...