Celebrating National Typewriter Day by cleaning up a 1955 Royal Quiet De Luxe. Happy Typewriter Day to everyone who celebrates!

A table laid out with a white towel on which sits the dismantled skeleton of a Royal typewriter. Around it are ribbon spools, a platen and knobs, the various parts of the exterior body, tools, brushes, and repair instruments.

Angle on the left side of a Royal Quiet De Luxe with all the body panels removed to show the internal machinations.

Angle on the right side of a Royal Quiet De Luxe with all the body panels removed to show the internal machinations. Clearly visible is the typebasket and the right spool cup.

An almost table level view of a disassembled Royal typewriter with the platen, knobs, and platen rod featured in the front.

A green rubberband wrapped around the carriage of a typewriter and holding all the typebars up to allow cleaning underneath them.

3x5 inch index card with a typing sample that reads: 1955 Royal Quiet De Luxe Serial number: RA-3010220 Pica typeface, 10 CPI, portable bichrome, U.S. keyboard, segment shift; tweed hard case, key 
234567890- qwertyuiop asdfghjkl; zxcvbnm,./ "#$% &'()* QWERTYUIOP ASDFGHJKL:@ ZXCVBNM,.? the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. A VERY BAD QUACK MIGHT JINX ZIPPY FOWLS.

A cleaned and sparkling new Royal QDL on a wooden dining table next to a highball of bourbon.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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  1. Mike Durling says:

    @chrisaldrich Coincidentally that's my project for today on a 1948 Quiet De Luxe #typewriter

    1. @Saxonbowman @chrisaldrich@boffosocko.com
      I love Henry Dreyfuss' design work and recently got a 1948 to pair with my 1949. I'm smitten with the tombstone glass keys on these. I'm hoping to get to cleaning up the 1948 sometime later this week.
      https://boffosocko.com/2024/06/21/henry-dreyfuss-royal-quiet-de-luxe-typewriter-showdown/

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