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1964 Royal Empress Serial # MCS 13-7885222 1964 Royal Empress typewriter, Serial # MCS 13-7885222 Michael Hoehne's 1964 Royal Empress typewriter. 2021-10-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Hoehne: 1964 Royal Empress Serial # MCS 13-7885222 Oh, yes, the carriage return lever is broken off. It seems like it was made to be replaceable, so maybe somebody will find a cache of them someday. Or, you know, 3D print.
NOTE: The good news is that a carriage return lever from a Royal 440 is a drop-in fit, using only 2 circlips on each typewriter. It doesn’t look quite so imposing as the original lever but now you can use it and it won’t break. See notes in the gallery below.

The MCS serial number indicates a “Special” font, but this is 10 characters per inch (pica,”P”), so maybe what is special is the several math characters.

86 characters, including many math/logic symbols---so many that they had to give up some common punctuation symbols: there is no Apostrophe (”Inconceivable!”) and so no way to make an Exclamation Point either; no Semicolon, but at least we can colon-backspace-comma; and for a hidden bonus, we can alternate the Because symbol with the Therefore symbol to make the Check Protector character.

It works well, of course, since it’s a Royal design.

1964 Royal Empress #MCS 13-7885222

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Michael Hoehne (mhoehne)
Created: 07-12-2020 at 07:53PM
Last Edit: 10-12-2021 at 07:51AM


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Oh, yes, the carriage return lever is broken off. It seems like it was made to be replaceable, so maybe somebody will find a cache of them someday. Or, you know, 3D print.
NOTE: The good news is that a carriage return lever from a Royal 440 is a drop-in fit, using only 2 circlips on each typewriter. It doesn’t look quite so imposing as the original lever but now you can use it and it won’t break. See notes in the gallery below.

The MCS serial number indicates a “Special” font, but this is 10 characters per inch (pica,”P”), so maybe what is special is the several math characters.

86 characters, including many math/logic symbols---so many that they had to give up some common punctuation symbols: there is no Apostrophe (”Inconceivable!”) and so no way to make an Exclamation Point either; no Semicolon, but at least we can colon-backspace-comma; and for a hidden bonus, we can alternate the Because symbol with the Therefore symbol to make the Check Protector character.

It works well, of course, since it’s a Royal design.

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Photos:




Massive!
Massive!


"The Works" showing the card holders deployed and the proprietary spools.
"The Works" showing the card holders deployed and the proprietary spools.

Royal 440 CR lever on this Empress---looks OK and works perfectly.
Royal 440 CR lever on this Empress---looks OK and works perfectly.


the carriage return lever attachment arrangement
the carriage return lever attachment arrangement

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