Monday, January 2, 2017

Typewriter Elves Visit

2017 has gotten off to a banner start as the typewriter elves left three machines on my porch this evening!  The owner of a local vintage shop left me a Royal 10 to take a crack at repairing a while ago.  She also promised to gift me an assortment of additional machines which were in disrepair.  You can imagine my surprise and delight to see a Royal 5 among the three machines that she left on my porch this evening!

The Remington is a total rust bucket and the Smith-Corona, while boring, will probably just need some cleaning.  But the Royal....oh the Royal will need some work but, as they say, it has great bones!  It will be a while until I can dedicate some time for restoration but what exciting prospects!  Thanks Gwen and Ben!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rusty Royal

It pays to blog about typewriters.  A woman from a few towns over found this Royal P in her attic.  She found my blog after browsing the web and asked me if I was interested in buying it.  Seeing that it was a Royal P from the thirties,  I got my hopes up that it might have Vogue type.  I also wanted to keep it out of the hands of key choppers.  It turned out not to have Vogue type and is really rusty.  There is rust on the panels and the carriage return lever is rusted tight.  I am guessing it's from around 1931 as the case is square.  I will know for sure once I remove the rust from the serial number!  On the plus side, lots of its green paint is still in tact, it types, and the keys are in great shape.  It should make a nice restoration project.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Make Your Own Candy Pink Royal QDL

I have grown to like the pastel colored portables of the late 1950's.  I have my own blue and green Smith-Coronas and have given similar machines to my daughters.  I had yet to find my own pink 50's portable so I set out to make my own.

I decided to go with a Royal QDL and set out to find a reasonably priced machine with white keys and platen knobs that would be suitable for the transformation.  This tan crinkle paint 1957 model fit the bill perfectly. As you can see, it's finish was already damaged so I didn't have to worry about spoiling a pristine machine. 

I really enjoyed the process of taking the panels off of this QDL.  I took pictures all along the way in order to see where all those screws belonged.  I have owned post war QDLs from 1950 up to this 1957 and I have to say the features and build on this machine really hit the sweet spot.  I can really see how these machines have evolved. 

With the panels off, I sanded down their crinkle paint and applied a couple of coats of Rustoleum Candy Pink.  A big plus to the finished product, in my opinion, was the ability to take the "Royal" and "Quiet De Luxe" badges off while repainting the panels.  

I have to say I was really impressed with the build of this Royal.  It looked solid and majestic even with the panels off.

I have not actually had my eyes on an original pink Royal but I think this one comes pretty close!

This was a really enjoyable project that I would recommend to anyone with just a bit of patience.  As you can see, my appreciation of the Royal portable has increased!


I was really pleased to see what Ted Munk has done to part of his Typewriter Database.  When looking up my Royal, I noticed that he has added photos to the serial number timeline for Royals.  What a neat way to look up your machine and see it's place in history!

Sample from The Typewriter Database