Typing my way back to nature
What a beautiful machine. Regarding the Magic Margin feature, I have a Royal Arrow from 1946 that includes it, and it works rather nicely. Basically, you move the platen to the position where you want to set the left margin and move a lever on the left-rear part of the carriage. In my machine the lever is marked "Magic Margin". Now, for the right margin, you can flip up the erasing table to find the margin stops. Then you can adjust them manually in the usual way.Of course, this works on the Royal Arrow, but probably your machine has a similar design.Congratulations on your new machine, and enjoy it!
nice color. my Royals in that body have always been made in USA, so they must be a bit earlier. I never got clear answers from the newsgroup. the only one I have now is unlabeled, bald (no ribbon cover) but types Royal's Spencerian script. I know we can count on you for pics of the tree arrangement!
your life in the woods sounds so lovely. I envy you.The typewriter is lovely!
I like that color and trim combination. It looks like a fun machine with a distinct style. It would indeed go well with certain varieties of Formica.Typewriters tend to breed. I'm not counting ours. The desire to stick with non-standard typefaces is all too often trumped by the allure of German typewriters. That and a recently acquired chrome and fake wood Royal portable.Happy holidays in the woods!
This Royal came out as a Safari in 1961-62. Really beautiful machine, very curvy. When they decided to move production to Portugal they restyled the keyboard area, made the keys more shallow, and renamed it Sabre. Go on EBay and you'll see a bunch of them. Great little machines. RichardK/TX
Very similar to my Custom-III which is also made in Portugal, only yours is much cleaner and nicer. Good clean typeface. I think they were all renamed Safari's as RichardK points-out.Have a great Christmas and the Very Best in 2012.
That's great. The more you collect, the less freakishly large my collection seems. So when I get a domestic complaint about the habit, I can just say, "That's noting - look what these folk have!" This year's tally comes to eight, for me, if I include the desktop Olivetti Linea - which, being a typewriter, I suppose I must. Any potential type-bloggers reading this, here's a suggested name: Typewriters Anonymous. Slogan? One more for the road. w/v for this comment? You won't believe it: benda!Cheers.
Vintage and quality seem to hand in hand. Love the color.
That is such a pretty machine. I love the color! It was very nice of your friend to pass it on to you.
I enjoyed reading your newest machine's history - it's great that your friend can pass it along to you, knowing it will be in good hands.I love James' Christmas tree idea! I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas.
definitely a possibility of building on the Typewriter Museum room ... actually, I like this one. It's very sleek looking. Happy Happy Christmas to both of you. Your plans sound wonderful. I hope you will post a photograph of your tree. Such a wonderful idea. :o) Donna
I hope you and James have a wonderful PEACEFUL time in the Woods for Christmas! I can't believe you have 19 already! LOL!
I recently acquired a Royal Sabre as a gift from my wife and in searching for information about this model I came across your blog. If you're interested, I posted about my machine here: http://sottovoce.avwrites.com/?p=1455.The Magic Margin feature works similar to Mr. Silva's Arrow. You position the platen to the desired left margin and push the left MM button, and it snaps to that position. Then repeat for the right margin with the right MM button. The same for the Magic Column, except there you can set multiple columns (I haven't figured out how many yet!)I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading your blog, which I will add to my blogroll.Cheers,Paulaka "Sotto Voce"
I recently purchased the same machine, and I cannot figure out how to open it to change the ribbon. It works great.. If I could do that.. do you have any idea? ?
Hi Laura,The flat metal plate above the keyboard, where the type-basket is showing, is the ribbon cover. It should just pull straight up and off.
I have same one. Any ideas how to get right margin to go over more without hitting Mar rel key everytime? Thx and do u clean it with alcohol..the sticky keys.
I just picked one of these up(blue in color) for $4.00 at a secondhand store. It's in great condition and complete with a manual and spare ribbon. If anyone is in need of the manual, I could scan and post it somewhere.
Yes! I would love a manual. Bdennis1914@gmail.com.
Does this model type in Cursive Font?
You said its automatic margins are nor working. They only needed some lubrication where they move with a spring. Best lubrication dor typewriters is gun oil.
I have the exact one in blue, with a case. It was my grandmas and she used to have the instructions; I might have them somewhere! I think I have a key also. Worked great until this past year and a cable broke, found a repair guy for 25$ Can new ribbons be bought?