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Royal Empress Typewriter Owner’s Manual, 1961

On a personal note, I love this manual because it’s a really fine example of old-school spot color design and printing, which was far cheaper to do back in 1961 than full-color process printing. Nowadays it’s far cheaper to do 4-color than this sort of exacting color knockouts and fill halftones, and you just never see this kind of artistry in manual design anymore. From the Archives of Bill Wahl:

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Updated: July 29, 2015 — 11:35 am

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  1. Love your observation about the color printing process; so true. Another fascinating technological skill that’s being forgotten.
    == Michael

  2. Here’s another, from a very clean “new old stock” copy I got from Mike Brown.
    http://machinesoflovinggrace.com/manuals/RoyalEmpressmanual.pdf

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