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03-8-2017 13:40:16  #631


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Welcome to the forum, Robert!


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12-8-2017 18:34:36  #632


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Hi everybody!

This is Toiga AKA Tiago Baginha typing from Portugal. Always liked to type away but the bug really bite after I bought my '58 SM3. Don't have much of a collection because of space mainly. Typewriters in Portugal are still cheap, mostly those with our own keyboard, the HCESAR. But it's so terrible to type on it that I gave up trying. 

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My father's Olivetti Lettera 32, My Olympia SM3 e a my mother's Olivetti Lettera 35. The Lettera 32 is now my brother's possession.

I'm now on the lookout for a SG1 that does NOT have a HCESAR (portuguese keyboard).
 


"The typewriter is the polaroid of words"
 

13-8-2017 14:00:11  #633


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Hello! New member here 

My little story if anyone's interested: I've always been interested in typewriters, although I knew fairly little about them. Saw them at antique stores all the time, and I'd always check them out. Became a passing thought, that I'd buy one someday. But they were always so expensive, hundreds of dollars, and usually they were either straight up rusted junk, or in uncertain condition. The keys wouldn't even go down (or wouldn't come back up if they did), let alone the carriage moving when some keys did work right. Plus, missing ink ribbons, and I had no clue they were even still sold so I figured I was SOL to ever use one. But I still figured I'd buy one someday, at least for looks, hopefully below $100 (since, again, I assumed parts and ink weren't still sold and so I wouldn't ever be able to use one).

Then, yesterday, I struck gold. We live in little old rural Ohio, and went to an artists' fair in a rather tiny town. There was an antique shop along the road, and I spied a little typewriter sitting in a case from the doorway. To make a long story short, we take our cat out places in a stroller that certainly wouldn't fit in the store, so I had to dart in to look at the price and dart back out to make sure the cat was fine. $25, and the keys that I had time to mash seemed decent -- I bought it without thinking, assuming no ink and bad condition. My god, though, from what I've been researching since yesterday, I think I found a diamond in the rough!

My new little machine is a portable Royal Quiet De Luxe, but I can't tell what year. I've got a whole list of patent numbers, but I assume the serial and/or year is underneath it and I haven't figured out how to remove it from its case yet to check. All of the keys work (and are still bright and pretty), the margins behave as should, the carriage moves, the bell dings, there's an ink ribbon (drying out though, you have to press pretty hard to get a good letter, or backspace and overlay a few times -- I ordered more already!), and while it could use a good wiping down and some canned air to the underside, it's basically scratch and wear-free. The only real bummer is that the key to the case is missing, so I'm paranoid to close it, but from shining a light into the keyhole it looks like it'd just be a thin metal cylinder -- can anyone corroborate that? 

So anyway, I doubt I'll end up with tons of old hundred-dollar glass-keyed typewriters (although I envy those of you who have all that!) but I'm quite happy with what I have now. Who knew there was a whole community of dedicated typewriter fans? 

 

13-8-2017 14:57:02  #634


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Welcome, Missy20201. If you want the exact date of your machine, the serial number for the Royal Quiet De Luxe is located on the top/back/left side under the carriage. If you move the carriage to the far right and look down underneath, you will see it. You can then reference the number to the Royal serial list here. If your QDL has plastic keys, it is from the 50's; glass keys, 40's or late 30's.

As far as the missing key, almost no cases still have the keys. Not having a key just means you can't lock it. Unless you lock it with a key, if it is working properly, it shouldn't relock.

To get the typewriter out of the case, there are latches under each of the feet. You just turn the latches and lift the typewriter out of the case. When returning it to the case, make sure the carriage is centered, the feet are lined up, and you securely latch the feet.

If you want to view the manual for your typewriter, you can find it here.

 

13-8-2017 19:02:27  #635


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SoucekFan wrote:

Welcome, Missy20201. If you want the exact date of your machine, the serial number for the Royal Quiet De Luxe is located on the top/back/left side under the carriage. If you move the carriage to the far right and look down underneath, you will see it. You can then reference the number to the Royal serial list here. If your QDL has plastic keys, it is from the 50's; glass keys, 40's or late 30's.

As far as the missing key, almost no cases still have the keys. Not having a key just means you can't lock it. Unless you lock it with a key, if it is working properly, it shouldn't relock.

To get the typewriter out of the case, there are latches under each of the feet. You just turn the latches and lift the typewriter out of the case. When returning it to the case, make sure the carriage is centered, the feet are lined up, and you securely latch the feet.

If you want to view the manual for your typewriter, you can find it here.

Hi! Thanks for the welcome! 

I checked under the carriage, and it says "RA -- 2668048", which actually isn't on that site you gave me (according to ctrl+F). However, I think it must be a 1953 because it looks exactly like this '53 QDL for sale over on Typewriters101 -- down to the color and the banged up case 

And yes, I got it out just fine, the case closes securely without locking forever, and I can put the typewriter back in the case. Thanks so much for your help! I actually found that guide online last night trying to figure out the margins (it was set to halfway through the page so I had to keep hitting margin release to keep typing, so it was a big help!). It's such a cute guide, so thanks so much!

I also forgot to mention, inside the typewriter was this adorable page, super yellowed, with hand-written instructions for certain symbols and some typewriter vocab. Makes up for the lack of a physical manual hehe.

 

13-8-2017 19:17:26  #636


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missy20201 wrote:

I checked under the carriage, and it says "RA -- 2668048", which actually isn't on that site you gave me (according to ctrl+F). However, I think it must be a 1953 because it looks exactly like this '53 QDL for sale over on Typewriters101 -- down to the color and the banged up case .

You are correct. It is 1953. It is on the database serial page, but it is a yearly range of serials, so you wouldn't be able to ctrl+F to find it.

 

13-8-2017 19:19:45  #637


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SoucekFan wrote:

You are correct. It is 1953. It is on the database serial page, but it is a yearly range of serials, so you wouldn't be able to ctrl+F to find it.

Ohh, that makes sense. Sorry! But thanks for clearing it up for me

 

20-9-2017 00:18:19  #638


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Hello, everyone! I'm new. So here's a little introduction:

I was born in the middle of-- Just kidding.

My name is Katie, and I recently moved back to Seattle after a 9-year jaunt in Chicago whilst getting a degree I'm somehow unable to utilize. I'm sarcastic, creative, and always willing to have an adventure--or a nap. I love art and words and lots of coffee. I have a husband of six years and we had a dog, but I had to put her down on September 1st. This is a year full of strangeness and change-ness. The loss of my dog is an entirely terrible experience, and since we can't get another dog right away, I'm trying to heal my soul by filling it with things.

One of those things is a typewriter. I'll introduce it in the "new acquisitions" board, for the sake of organization.

One of those things was also an original (and absolutely useless) Polaroid camera, but I won't share that here. This information is just to further remind everyone that I'm currently in "hoarder" mode and am frequently sad, so don't tempt me with more typewriters or Girl Scout Cookies or even a good deal on pencils because I will say YES. You may bombard me with dog pictures, however, as I can keep those without any negative consequences. 

Nice to meet ya'll. 

 

20-9-2017 09:16:08  #639


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@daughterlaughter:  What a wonderful story. And what a memorable username---and apparently appropriate! Welcome.

I daresay most of us understand the syndrome you describe so you'll fit right in. So you have a '46 Royal QDL---do I read that right? (And your Polaroid---is it the big folder one that takes the original roll film? Same era.)

 

20-9-2017 09:49:44  #640


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Welcome, Katie. It was sad to read about your loss; I've been there and fully understand what you're going through. Time - and typing out what you're feeling - will get you through it. 


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