I’ve been a bit hesitant to type up this fourth and last post detailing what I’ve learned of the history of the QDL, because I’m sad to get up from the immersive bath I’ve taken into the Royal portable serial number lists & galleries and say goodbye to the venerable Quiet De Luxe.
The line ended on a high note, as we saw for Christmas 1955, brightly colored QDLs become all the rage. Available throughout 1956 in six choices of finish, the model sells 30% better than previous years. This year of production has become a favorite of collectors of all stripes.
In 1958, the finish is changed to an off-white gloss, and the “Royal” logo is changed to a push-button plastic crown that doubles as a ribbon cover release button. This feature also appears on the new Futura model, which is released in 1958. This is the end of the line for the “Quiet De Luxe” Model “A”, as it has now morphed into the “2A” Model “Futura 800”. 1958 is also the final year of the “B” Model “Aristocrat”, which had been restarted only two years before in 1956.
Throughout production, the line stayed quite high-quality, and each of these models I’ve tried out has been a pleasant typing experience. A fabulous line of machines, and thanks to it being a favorite in the collections of Typewriter Hunters, we now know a little bit more detail about the history. (:
The Royal Portables in 5 parts: