A friend of mine works for the newspaper here in town. We had chatted about typewriters in the past, but I didn't bring it up every time we met. Since he's a big Smith Corona fan, I didn't even know he had this Royal.
No note, no message. I just came to work and got a free typewriter.
Upon closer inspection, it looks like the glass is dirty, not scratched as I had previously feared. Shouldn't take much.
A few spots on the exterior of the body will need work, but I've never done that before. Would water do the job? Other things, like the ruler, are beyond my skill.
A few rusty spots are on the bottom that will disappear once I get my PB Blaster on it. The feet, sadly, are beyond saving and will have to be replaced.
The font is a bit larger than my Royal Deluxe, but still the same crisp Pica I love so much.
You just can't beat a 1940s Royal. I don't even care about the lack of tabulator, right Magic Margin, paper guide, and chrome trim. The fact that it's an economy model makes it all the more interesting.
I've never been given a machine of any kind (except from the folks on my birthday). This one's a keeper, no matter how banged up it is. I'll be sure to upload post-cleaning pics.
Power to the pen!