Friday, June 6, 2014

Blue without you: Royal P








And so the trade happened. 

Through the kindness of salt-of-the-earth Corey who picked it up for me in Cincy (he was there on vacation), I very happily got my Royal P. To me, the imperfections only add to its character and story. In exchange, Richard got my Hermes Media 3 cursive and sold it for a good price at Urban Legend. 

Just one more awesome deal in Typospheria.
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Footnote: The special generosity we nurture here in the Typosphere is just inspiring, don't you think? By generosity, we do not just mean giving, we also mean receiving. Richard once wrote: "Sometimes, the most generous thing you can do is to accept a gift." Well said, Richard Wan Kenobi, well said.

* Typecast via Royal P (serial number/date to follow)

21 comments:

  1. The Royal model P's are, in my opinion, one of the best typewriters for professional writing. And blue, in the opinion of everyone who is right, is the best color. These opinions standing, you have scored one wonderful machine.

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    1. Never liked Royal P's, funny that I was smitten by this particular one. I think it really is the character plus the cool shade of blue. Typing action is not A-1, as Richard mentioned, it feels crude so that I would not use it for longer writing projects. But my standard is Olivetti (age-wise, MP1 Ico is my closest comparison) so that is what I measure things against.

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    2. As odd as it may sound, the "newest" typewriter I've typed upon was a 1935 Royal "0" portable, so to me the Royal "P" types like a dream. And above my "P", my Fox 25 types silky smooth. I must ask how you might define crude in terms of typing? Does the Olivetti require less force per key stroke, have better escapement, etc? Or is it in terms of overall smoothness of writing, from keystrokes to carriage returns?

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    3. Olivetti models each have their own feel. But there is a signature "elegance" common to most. Hard to describe, better to feel.

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  2. I agree. Imperfections give real life to a machine. I far prefer a life battered machine to a perfect sample of one.
    Interesting colour. I do like it!

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  3. I'm glad you're enjoying it. Nice to see our e-mails translated into more durable (typewritten) form!

    I spiffed up the Royal Quiet we found, and will feature it on my blog after The Book is done.

    Thanks again for the Media. As I told you, it went to a very happy teenage girl.

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    1. Can't wait for your post on the Royal Quiet. And your book!

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  4. I can see why you had to have it! Nice trade.

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  5. A few marks of character make a fine looking machine. I hope it types as good as it looks.

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  6. That is a beautiful Royal! I really like the soothing blue.

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    1. Why hello there, stranger, I'm happy that you dropped by!

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  7. That's a very nice color. Is it metallic paint? I didn't know they've been making it for that long!

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  8. Ooooh, Nat is going to be so jealous of this color! Stunning!

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  9. They are a nice machine. I sometimes think that if/when I get around to getting some platens recovered, my Royal P (in an exquisite alligator red) will be first cab off the rank. Types nicely enough, but it does have a rough feel to it.
    Of course, I forgive this typewriter because it's 86 years old. It deserves a little respect at that age.

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  10. I enjoy typing on this model and it has a certain simplicity in its lines that strike me. That blue is fabulous! Enjoy!

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  11. Electra!
    Looks like the original shade of my current project, must have been fashionable color that decade. Very chique and 'en vogue' portable typewriter. Both in back the late twenties and right now today :)

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  12. I know Model Ps were plentiful but it is truly rare to find one in better than decent shape. Perhaps out of all machines out there, it seems to me that these particular typers were the most brutalized and neglected by their owners. I have the common black model P and it's sticky and dirty and scruffed, there's also a bit of rust - it's salvageable but it'll take work and time. I think yours is super awesome!

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    1. Mine's lucky enough to receive some Richard Polt love, it's clean and in decent condition.

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