Fresh Feets for My 1940’s Royal Portables!

Weapon of Choice: “Moneypenny” 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe #A-1551567

The old ones were so squished that it was hard to get the machine out of its case – the feet would get stuck in the lid detatchment mechanism.

Weapon of Choice: 1940 Royal Aristocrat #B-957437

Gettin’ good use out of the tool we made a few days ago… (:

I put the big Adler on my videocasting table for TCL this morning, but the cat wasn’t happy about it.

Updated: October 17, 2021 — 8:38 pm


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  1. For what it’s worth, of the nine Royals I’ve owned that were manufactured between 1941 and and 1954, the only one that used the old-style typeface was a 1946 QDL. Not having noticed the different typeface until now, I passed it on a year and a half ago as a duplicate machine, which gives me a sinking feeling, since I prefer the older style.

  2. Congrats on the feets!
    The old style numerals on Pre-WWII typewriters are hard to beat.

  3. I’m staying tuned to find out exactly what a CD-frame Companion looks like. I’m drawing a blank on what the CD may stand for.

    1. Here’s a CD frame. Looks a lot like a normal A-Frame QDL of similar vintage, but is a little smaller, carriage-shifted and the adjustments are somewhat more primitive. This is the frame that the so-called “Depression-era” Royal Portables were made on.

  4. Nice job on the fresh feetses! I’m on the lookout for a good looking Moneypenny too. I need to round out my Royal collection. My 1920s, ’30s, then ’50s need a ’40s in the family!

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