can a typewriter be cute?

July 9, 2011 § 7 Comments

1961 Royal Typewriter, a real gem

I saw this baby in an antique market and just fell in love with it. Why? It’s cute. Simple as that. I am not sure if it is the mint & gray color scheme  or the red Royal logo button that you push to open the lid. It’s just likable and cute, innocent and unassuming. Sometimes things just hit you that way. It’s as if they shout out at you simply by quietly sitting on a high shelf.

This machine looks easygoing and simple, but that’s only on the surface—it weighs about 500 lbs and is built like a tank. It has integrity and class. That’s how they made things in 1961—built to last and made in the USA with pride. That’s why it’s still around for us to enjoy and admire. 

Now it’s mine and it’s cute. 


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§ 7 Responses to can a typewriter be cute?

  • Yes, I agree. Typewriters can be cute! I always got stuck with ugly ones. I wish I had an old antique on I could play around with and take photos for my writing. To me, a good-looking typewriter is inspirational. Congratulations on your find!

  • Jeanne Heuer says:

    Will it be an artifact in your house or a typewriter and if the latter can you still buy ribbons for it.

    • dia says:

      Actually i can get ribbons for it on ebay . It works now, although a bit faint. I doubt I will use it much except maybe for a quick note or card to someone just for fun. This is one of my favorites in my typewriter collection—just love typewriters. When I was little, my mom could type (and do shorthand) and I was fascinated by that and couldn’t wait until I could learn how. Now I am ALWAYS typing. Always.

  • Marsha says:

    The typewriters built back in the 50’s & 60’s were not only “cute” but well built. I still have a Royal from the 50’s. You certainly could not easily carry one from one desk to another. It’s amazing how everything has gotten light and mobile, “Made in China,” and lucky if it lasts a few short years. We have become a “throw away society.”

    I’m sure your “cute” typewriter will be a wonderful conversation piece in your home for years to come.

    • dia says:

      thanks marsha. Yes, things have changed a bit, now the smaller/lighter the better! I call this green colored baby: The Royal Mint…!

  • Monique says:

    Wow – that thing is from 1961??? I have an older sister that was built in that year too. It is sure is cute and still very 50’s looking. They say the 50’s officially died in 1963 – after Kennedy was shot – the end of innocence and happy times. The rest of the 60’s ushered in the decline of our society and we have never recovered. So your sweet typewriter is a reminder of a happier, more innocent time. Enjoy!

    • dia says:

      thanks for visiting. I was surprised to find that this was a 1961 model. Royal decided that office machines needed to be less-drab looking in the office, so offered this mint color. 1961 is a very special year for me. I read that this machine also came in a “cursive” type, but mine is the standard and it does work, although of course, it needs a fresh ribbon. I call this machine the “royal mint.”

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