The Litton T-A Organisation “Royal” R700 (Adler Universal 390) I bought a few months ago has gone to a new home, thus making room for a smaller Litton, T-A Organisation “Royal” (Nakajima)

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A distinctive feature of this typewriter are three special keys which allow the typist to backspace and select from a small subset of umlauts and accents consistent with the Italian or French language …

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Nothing unusual about that, except that the three contrasting key-tops draw great attention to themselves …

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A close inspection of the type slugs reveals what my initial thought was — that this is a modified machine.

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But is it a modified machine? Possibly this is the way the machine was originally built?

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Special keys aside, it’s interesting to compare this Litton “Royal” with the Litton “Imperial” I recently purchased.

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It’s a battle between an “Imperial” Silver Seiko on the one hand, and a “Royal” Nakajima on the other, with the former coming out on top …

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On the face of it, they’re similar typewriters (in terms of their size and weight and general body shape) …

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They both have a Pica typeface and share the same Litton Industries logo on the front of their ribbon covers …

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Like the “Imperial”, the “Royal” has an all-metal body except for the back of the carriage, which is plastic. The quality of the metalwork and paintwork are better on the “Imperial” Silver-Seiko.

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Serial number 50251990 …

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On the plus side, the “Royal” Nakajima has tabulation and the aforementioned special keys …

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That’s the only reason I bought it really – out of sheer curiosity. It was also a cheapie at $20 AUD.

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On the subject of Japanese typewriters masquerading as something else, here’s something else I’m curious about …

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If this “Brother” M-1500 were listed on the TWDB, would it fall under the category “Brother (Nakajima)”?

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The likeness to this Chevron (Nakajima) is uncanny …

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Hmm… Curiouser and curiouser …

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Another “Royal” Nakajima (above).

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A “Nakajima ALL” Model 2000

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An Adler Tippa De Luxe!