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1915 Royal Standard Model 5 flatbed

The Royal 5 was the second commercial model produced by the Royal Typewriter Company, not counting the original Royal Grand, which was pulled from the market in 1907.  The Model 5 was introduced in 1910, with three successive versions with larger carriages.  The standard machine featured a 12" carriage, and came in either Pica or Elite pitches.  This machine was eventually replaced by the upright Model 10 in 1914, however the Model 5 stayed in production for a couple more years. The Number 5 Flatbed features a very similar carriage system found on the Model 10, but the rest of the machine is very different.  Two key mechanical differences lie in the ribbon transport system, and the keybed.  The ribbon in this machine is driven via the mainspring like the model 10, but uses standard universal spools without the later reversal mechanism.  This machine was capable of taking those spools, but did not include auto-reverse, instead the ribbon had to be manually switched when it rea

Architectural Photography: Black and White, or Color?

see more at I must say that I've been eager to talk about this for a long time.  There are different "factions" within photography, and I have dabbled strongly in nearly all of them.  Architectural, Portraiture, Street Photography, Product shoots...etc.  I haven't done weddings or any event work, but I wouldn't cross it off the list.  Another thing I want to preface this with is the fact that I much prefer medium format for architectural shots than 35mm.  Square format in particular gives very nice symmetry which compliments the subject matter very well.  It's not to say that 35mm can't or shouldn't be used, or not to say that I make it a rule not to, it's simply a preference.  As always, the camera you have is better than the one you don't. 35mm can work very nicely Nikon F3 - Ektar 100 (+2) My choice for medium format is the Hasselblad V series.  It's much more ergonomic for me than a TLR, it's more

A Comprehensive History of the Royal Model P

nothing like medium format film and typewriters  A number of years ago, I was perusing the Internet and looking at old typewriters.  I had been writing fiction for a while and was enjoying it a lot, and wanted to look into typewriters as I had seen one a couple days ago at a local antique shop.  I stumbled across a blog titled "Machines of Loving Grace," and saw two Royal Model Ps.  One in duotone red, and the other in duotone green.  I remembered from that moment on I knew I had to get my hands on one of them.  I'll skip all the lame details, because that isn't what I want to spend time talking about.  I want to discuss the history of the machine, and it's impact on the typewriter industry as a whole.  There are too few articles on the Internet, too few resources on typewriters, and I among many others wish to expand the available amount of knowledge.  So I'll present to you, a project a long time in the making, to the best of my poor grammatic