The "Typewriter Database" is the biggest source of typewriter serial numbers on the Internet today. As far as we know, it's even the most complete collection of serial numbers ever. But when you see the number of given brand names, it's still only a beginning. This Database is also a collection of typewriter photo galleries from the collections of enthusiasts all over the world. These galleries are linked to manufacturers and not only serve as a valuable additional resource for research about various machines, but also are fun to page through and see what collectors have in their typewriter collection. Sun, 13 Jan Whoo, twice as complex as the Tower one, especially with the really uncreative model naming Sears used on their electric models, but got 'er done!
Schumann might have made in his spreadsheet, as I found some instances where years were simply skipped.
Could be he originally had fairly close numbers and the date column got misaligned. The sources that Mr Schumann used to compile the Royal list are mostly unavailable to me, so I could not check to see if the original source was off or if the data was simply transcribed incorrectly. Office Typewriter Age List No.
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The sources I do have access to all agree almost exactly as to the serial numbers and dates, and that was a pleasant surprise. I expected more variance, but once I compared them all side-by-side, I found them matching up with each other with almost perfect precision.
Invariably, these lists produced dates that made sense considering what we know about body styles and features we should expect for certain years on certain machines - again, a good clue that TW-DB was just off track and that these contemporary sources were much better and more accurate.
Here they are:.
Beeching, which is also one of the sources that Mr. Schumann used, is generally vague and probably not entirely accurate, but is the only source we currently have for later-model Royal Portables like the Safari and Royalite. All of the other sources either completely ignore portables, or only run the first column of numbers for the higher-end portables and ignore the lower end portables in the second column.
Examine the sides of the typewriter and look for beveled glass windows, which identify the Royal 10 model. There will be either one window on each side or two windows on each side. Locate the serial number on the typewriter to determine the year of manufacture. The serial number may be located on the back of the machine or on the inside, near.
For the purposes of the Typewriter Database, I decided to group all standards and electrics together with a note to the effect that very early electrics were numbered to 16M then they switch to the same serial number series as standards.
This is something I know only because I spent a lot of time in the printing industry. The 4 pages above, supplied by Richard Polt, are from a larger package of data from the Remington factory, and is apparently from the records kept by Remington on their rivals.
It too, is highly accurate and detailed, and mentions specifically that the Electrics followed the same serial number series as Standards.
Royal Typewriter Serial Numbers
It agrees in nearly every detail with the NOMDA Lists, but expands on that data by offering many more details about specific models.
This was invaluable in correcting the weird notes in the Standards section of TW-DB which were apparently gleaned from Beeching. The line lists shown above, provided by the Davis brothers and hosted here at MOLGserved mainly as confirmation of the lists already mentioned. It was very nice to have them line up so nicely with the other data. Other validating data was examined from here at MOLG.
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This list also states specifically that Royal Electrics and Standards were in the same serial number series. The sources above also had a much more complete date range, once you compiled them together, so it worked out pretty nicely. I suggest re-dating all of your Royals according to the new list.
Very good of you to show the source material and describe your processes. Wonderful work. But when you see the number of given brand names, it's still only a beginning.
This Database is also a collection of typewriter photo galleries from the collections of enthusiasts all over the world. These galleries are linked to manufacturers and not only serve as a valuable additional resource for research about various machines, but also are fun to page through and see what collectors have in their typewriter collection.
Sun, 13 Jan Whoo, twice as complex as the Tower one, especially with the really uncreative model naming Sears used on their electric models, but got 'er done! Full story below: Full Story. Canadian ones are a different story Full Story.
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Hello, fellow Typewriter Hunters! About were produced between and The successor to the first Royal Portable is seen above.
The Royal Portable was redesigned ingiving it hinged ribbon covers and new blended duotone color schemes. Later in the year, a hinged carrying case known as the Duo-Case was introduced. Approximately 94, examples were produced, including the previous model which was produced until Ina De Luxe model was introduced, which added a tabulator, two nickel-plated bands and crinkle paint.
Another version was called the "Quiet"-it added extra soundproofing and a softer platen main roller.
Today, Royal is owned by Olivetti and still sells typewriters, though none with the famous Royal brand. Royal Standard No.5 Serial # This early Royal design is commonly known as the "flatbed". Download the manual for the Model 1 version of this typewriter here. Royal #10 Serial # X Royal Portable (2nd model). The Royal Model P was the first successful Royal Portable, and one of the longest-lived ones. (In , when the Portable was redesigned, the former P became the Model O, and was produced until ) This typewriter was offered in several color schemes, including black-and-red, black-and-green, black-and-orange, and black, just to name a few. The "Typewriter Database" is the biggest source of typewriter serial numbers on the Internet today. As far as we know, it's even the most complete collection of serial numbers ever. But when you see the number of given brand names, it's still only a beginning. This Database is also a collection of typewriter photo galleries from the collections.
The Quiet and Deluxe were merged in into the Quiet Deluxe. A Royal Deluxe is seen above.
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A Quiet Deluxe is pictured above-it can most easily be identified by its tweed carrying case with leather bands running along the top and bottom. An alternate method of identification is the black band running through the chrome trim on the ribbon cover and the rectangular shift keys Bythe black band was replaced with solid chrome. The first Magic Margin portables have round shift keys, and were the first basket-shifted Royal Portables.