Sunday, March 11, 2018


This weekend I had the privilege of repairing this 1929 Royal P with Russian keyboard and red faux-crocodile paint. I thought you'd like to see it.

The label on the inside of the case says something about alcohol, probably warning users not to rub it on the paint. And this typewriter's original owner, who may have been a Bostonian, certainly took good care of it. Usually the paint on these Royals has been worn down on the corners, but this one is in great shape.


  1. A Russian typewriter with a tag for servicing in Boston. Was its owner a Russian immigrant?

    1. Or maybe a Harvard professor of Russian literature?

  2. If you're anywhere near Boston in April...

  3. Oh that's truly lovely. I still want to find a Russian keyboard someday, to have it on a machine like that is just great.

  4. I’ve been looking for a nice Russian machine, as a gift for a friend who was a Russian specialist for the NSA.