Doesn't look too promising, does it? Not exactly a teenage wedding!
When I included this Royal portable in a photo of the 'booty' of 25 typewriters that lobbed at my front gate some weeks ago, a few followers commented that it looked interesting. I didn't like to disillusion them. I didn't hold out much hope for it. And I told John Lavery as much. "You never know," consoled John. "It might polish up OK."
But now ...
It goes to show you never can tell:
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle.
(Well, they were both made in Montreal)
They bought a beat-up jitney, 'twas a creamy brown '53.
(What the hell is a jitney?)I think that when doing a clean-up job such as this, it is worth going the extra yard. For example, taking off the platen knobs and shining up the metal around them, including the screws. Also the rims around the keytops. There's not a lot one can do about paint chips, but these little things do make a difference, I believe.
Gee, there's nothing like warming the hands, and heart, and lifting the spirits on a dark, damp, freezing day - by tidying up some on old typewriters. It's either that or going around the twist: