Let’s be honest, this Royal 240 (Silver-Seiko) is not the prettiest of typewriters…

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The 240 is identical to a ’72 Royal Fleetwood listed among the Royals on Machines of Loving Grace (but without the transistor radio built into the lid).

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But what’s with the discoloured “G” and “+ =” keys? I thought they might be replacement keys…

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… until I came across a different (identical model) typewriter on eBay with similarly odd coloured keys:

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Apart from being the name I bestowed on my typewriter, “The Ugly One” is also the title of a stage play by Marius Von Mayenburg.

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“A scalpel-sharp satire about the contemporary obsession with physical beauty for the nip/tuck era.”

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I saw it at the Perth Theatre Centre and enjoyed it (mostly due to the captivating presence of gorgeous female lead Gemma Ward).

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It wasn’t a bad play, it just didn’t blow my socks off – a bit like this Royal 240 typewriter.

Perhaps a little plastic (key) surgery is in order?

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No, let’s leave her the way she is, warts and all. Here’s a typescript written on The Ugly One:

TheUglyOneTypescript