Saturday, December 12, 2015
A Royal Surprise
Like many, I have set a Craigslist alert to tell me about machines that come up for sale in the area. I have gotten some really good leads that way but lately I have only gotten alerts about overpriced standards or electric machines. Then this alert came in for a "suitcase typewriter in working order." One glance and I knew they were selling a Royal P for a reasonable price. I contacted the seller and found that they were seven minutes away from my office. What are the odds of that! I negotiated a nice deal from a young man who had bought a property and found the typewriter while cleaning out his barn. With serial number P260534, my Royal P is from 1931. It has a few issues. The feet are gone, but I can solve that. The paint is a nice two-tone brown, but it has pitting on the paper tray and a bit of rust and a lot of flaking on the back. I would welcome suggestions on the best way to address these issues as I do not plan on re-painting the machine. I was thinking of some very gentle cleaning in these areas and a bit of clear coat paint to seal things up. I think the rest of the machine will clean up nicely and look great with a coat of wax. Any thoughts from the typosphere?