Spotted on a thrift-store safari this morning - a Roytype typewriter. It is in a display cabinet behind glass in their office, not for sale. One of the items kept in their own collection :)
The Roytype branding was used by Royal for their ribbons, but not for typewriters. The machine was difficult to see, but seemed to be a bit different from the common models of 1930/40s Royal portable. (Royal Roytype typewriters were indeed made, but much later.) What Royal portable machine then is this - with that carriage sloping and an extra panel. Surely it is not a knock-off? It has a qwerty-keyboard and overall fairly Royal-y 'squarish'. Thinking of Rooy and their later run-in with Royal about their name (with swirly R), but the Rooy portables of the 1940s are quite different in style - sharp edges. Hard to credit that this would be a knock-off. More likely a regular Royal portable, one that I failed to identify seeing it only from behind - and from behind glass :-)
In another store; an electric SCM Coronet in a quite hideous, large, plastic suitcase.
If for sale, the Roytype would be a nice score. Smart move on leaving the other two behind.ReplyDelete
Yeah, to my mind the Philips is a typewriter the way the Kindle is a book.ReplyDelete
According to the TWDB, RoyType typewriters were made by (the European company) Triumph, makers of the Perfekt and Durabel. Maybe this video from Poland shows a similar typewriter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe2rkDFy6eA
That's it! It is a Triumph - a Norm 6 or similar. The slanting profile of the carriage and the top-cover are exactly that.Delete
The only Roytype machines i could find so far were indeed in Denmark, but with another body-style (the older Triumph style)
Weird - how/why did Triumph license the Roytype branding? Very puzzling, interesting puzzles... :-)
The Roytype's i found are noted as from Max Bodenhoff, Copenhagen. Max Bodenhoff was an agent for Royal - maybe his store was the source, that he re-labeled.Delete
Aha ... so did Royal have a stake in the Triumph/Adler company?ReplyDelete
Ah, they might have had. They bought it in the 1960s I think.Delete
Remington got Torpedo, Underwood took Mercedes, Royal would've been active too I guess.
And Bodenhoff was not doing this without Royal's nod, he worked with US Royal - see e.g. The Royal Standard of November 1922.