Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fine Purchase

Class has started again, and the kids are typing away. I have some other student typecasts that I never quite got posted. I am going to post them as a static page. They are a hoot to read and I want them to be read.

Fiscal Plan? Fun Payroll? Fire Peons? All business!
The Purchase to which I allude is actually a Royal FP. This massive machine is going to be set up in a corner of the classroom for anyone who would want some time alone with their thoughts. I am slowly working on having every Royal desktop standard in my class. This is a crazy goal, but goals are good to have. I have the HH (more for my use) and now this FP. I love that the desktops are so much cheaper than their portable counterparts. Another benefit is that I have the space and audience to justify their addition to the collection. Desktops have always appealed to me.

Perhaps it is their girth and weight. Perhaps it is the comforting thought that the weight of a desktop could prove an asset were we, for example, invaded by Visigoths from the east. Just take to the top of your crenelated tower and hurl KKMs, FPs, and HHs. Nothing stops a Visigoth like a FP to the head.

Without jest, desktops are wonderful to use. They can be fast (if you're fast), tough, and incredibly dependable. If you have just one standard desktop, make it a Royal.

This specimen is in good shape, however something strange seems to have happened to the escapement in transport to school. I am sure that there was some preexisting condition. I've called our Man in Mesa for a consult and it will be on its way to MTE as soon as possible.

In the interim, please enjoy the pictures. Also don't forget to enter your comment for a chance to win a nice Rhodia stapled journal. In the stores this very journal retails for money. Click on this sentence to be taken to the post.

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A sleeping corporate giant.


  1. Cool idea - now how can I transport this 440 to you?

  2. You have seen the magic man -- Ron Mingo -- and his speed-typing demonstrations on YouTube? Check them out if not, and pay close attention (esp. on the "Real People" clip.) That's an FP hard at work there, keeping up with his superior typing skillz.

    Just in case your class needs a little inspiration...

  3. Totally agree! Royal love all the way!

  4. I wonder if Ron Mingo is still kickin' around to give another classroom demonstration of his mad typin' skills?

  5. Well, Wikipedia (never a reliable source) says that Ronald Todd Mingo was born 3 Jan. 1947. I search the SS Death Index through Familysearch.org (LDS) and the only Ronald Mingo (currently deceased) born in 1947 was Ronald Eugene Mingo born 2 January 1947. Either Mr. Mingo's middle name is wrong or he is still alive.

  6. I have this exact same typewriter! Do you know how to set the magic margin? Ive looked all over the net and can't find the answer...


  7. Press the carriage release with either hand. With the other pull back the MM lever. Holding it back swing the carriage to where you want the margin to stop. Let go of the MM lever. Let go of the carriage release and the margins should be set.