The poems and typewriter-thoughts of Mark Petersen
Mark, thanks for sharing this, glad you joined us. Yes, we are quite a diverse group, makes life much more interesting. That's one handsome Royal KHM. Looks like you've taken good care of it.
That top row is impressive. I think my Remington Standard 16 had 6 or so decimal tabs - and I thought that was more than enough!
I am not one for Royals, but that is a handsome machine you have there.I, too, find the Typosphere a great place to meet new people. I exchange letters with a few members, and really feel as though these are some the nicest people I have met in a long while. I have been enjoying your posts very much, and I look forward to reading more. Also, I cannot stop thinking about that deli/bar with the typewriters on display. That is a dream!
If you are ever in the area... (even though you are not one for Royals)
good looking royal khm! there are a couple on craigslist nearby me but ive resisted. those desktops sure take up a lot of room!great blog btw - i do enjoy reading it
Thanks all! I'm glad you like reading my blog.
That Royal sure is a classic, and yes, that is a large number of decimal tab keys to my eye, especially on a normal-carriage-width machine.So you sell office supplies! Appropriate for a typospherian. I bet you could bring a portable typewriter to a sales call to take notes, and get the attention of everyone in the office (plus lots of kidding).
I haven't done that yet, but I did take a typewriter out of an office that belongs to a client. I am going to clean it up and put a new ribbon on it for her and I am getting paid in the form of a rotary phone. The machine is Royal Standard, big and swoopy, looks like a contemporary of the late 60s Safari. I might typecast on it.
Couldn't help typing an envelope as I passed my KHM at the top of the stair - they get you like that. I decided to leave it out despite being a dust magnet. After all, they are easy enough to clean. I had a left margin issue myself when I first got it but it disappeared after cleaning. There is a pretty accessible micro adjust screw (well 2 actually, an adjuster and one to lock it at set 90 degrees). Maybe worth a try if your problem persists. PS: Loving the blog! You are right about community - I likened it to Cheers bar :-)
I might have to check into that. I looks like my issue is getting better the more I use the machine.
Very good post! I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to each "new" typewriter you introduce. I read in the comments you might do a typecast on my typewriter, that would be cool to see.
It's a good looking machine indeed. I haven't touched it yet, but after this fairly busy weekend I might take a few hours one evening and see what I can do. I am certain it will be a delight.
I just bought this exact model from a friend's dad, who said it was his mother's! I really works great and has such a nice feel as you type. These older models really look nice and art deco-ish. Looks great sitting on my office desk :)