The poems and typewriter-thoughts of Mark Petersen
While I don't hold them in quite as high regard as you, I definitely agree that the best Royals are those made between 1941 and 1949, and I ought to get myself another one soon...
My 1946 QDL is probably my favourite machine to use, despite its 'word-joining' function. And I've had a hankering for the later model for some time now. Maybe one day.
Hard to find a nice 40s Royal Quiet Deluxe down under, especially at a reasonable price, but I'm sure one will turn up eventually. Interesting to see them here. :)
I completely agree with your assessment, although my favorites are the late-40's (48-49 in particular). a '49 was my first thrifted typewriter many years ago, and frankly, despite having gone through at least 90 other machines, still my favorite.
I find the late 40s and early 40s ones to be just ever so slightly different in feel, neither really better but I prefer the looks of the earlier ones. Pretty close to the same as far as the typing experience. I'm glad I can have both!
You certainly have talked about your love of these machines often enough. I do like them a lot, but I never feel entirely at home with them. I'd certainly type on them any day though, over some other offerings out there.
Yes, a man after my own heart. I agree with you, and would add that if you haven't yet tried an R C Allen VisOmatic, that you should! In the portable category - the Royals are it, but in the sandards, the Allens are even nicer than the Woodstocks that I love.I'm still looking for a complete 40's Royal portable - the Arrow that I have, came missing the "L" key for some reason - broken off under the key top. Makes for an interesting typing experience - you don't realize how important something is until it's gone! Thanks
It's no secret that the Royal QDL enjoyed quite a bit of success thanks to its relationship with Ernest Hemingway and other legendary writers. I enjoy my 1949 QDL with tombstone keys, but I'd like a similar machine with circular ones.