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Eraserhead

by | May 28, 2013 | craigslist, Royal | 14 comments

(Judge the typeface name for yourself using the NOMDA Blue Book
But I went back with a ruler and must correct myself: this machine is pica, not elite.)

The serial number is HHS-5430634 (1954). Does the S stand for Special?

14 Comments

  1. Bill M

    Good job on the HH. It is now a fine looking working machine. That dust in it is unbelievable.

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  2. Dwayne F.

    That is a beautiful typeface! I understand that sinking feeling on finding so much eraser debris. It is a booger to remove.

    Great work!

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  3. Ted

    Good deal on that HH. Certainly was a filthy beast, but great typestyle. (:

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  4. Ton S.

    The HH didn't appear all that bad when I saw it in your car trunk. And man, that's quite an accumulation of eraser crumbs! Good to hear that you were able to resurrect it.

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  5. Robert Messenger

    It's a great feeling erasing the mess someone has left in a typewriter. Top job, well done!

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  6. Miguel Chávez

    For a moment I thought you'd say a mouse jumped from inside that machine… all that debris looked pretty much like an old nest! Good to see it working again.

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  7. Cabeaux

    For a moment I thought you were going to say the font was V O G U E ! ! ! Still looking for my Royal HH…

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  8. Richard P

    Ha, I was hoping that it would be Vogue too! Then it might have turned out to be one of the Vogue HH's used in Walter Gropius' architectural office, like the one shown here!

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  9. Duffy Moon

    Well done. Still missing my Royal HH. They come up relatively frequently, so I know mine is out there somewhere…

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  10. shordzi

    Great you could restore it to fine working order. This generation of Royals is probably one of the best for writing.
    I didn't know about Gropius' machine. And your specimen might have been David Lynch's very own!

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  11. Ryan Adney

    One of my favorite machines. Great find. That typeface is something special!

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  12. Scott K

    Stunning typeface. And, I bet it was satisfying to blast that rubbish out of the traps.

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  13. Ping A

    Why is it that we derive so much satisfaction from cleaning and restoring a dirty, antiquated piece of machinery most people don't have a use for? Can any psycho analyst answer this for me? Please…?
    Great work Richard!

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