Alan Seaver Collection at Machines of Loving GraceTwo of these designs will be readily recognisable by typewriter collectors. One is for the Royal 10 Standard, one of the great standard typewriters of history. This design was by Bernard Joseph Dowd.
DowdDowd was born on April 17, 1883, in Cavan, Ireland. He migrated to the US with his family in 1885. At 16 he was learning mechanical drawing and at 25 he was already a typewriter designer for Royal in Hartford, Connecticut. At 36 he was a factory superintendent. He died in Hartford in 1945, aged 62.
HessThe other two designs are from Royal founders Edward Bernard Hess and Lewis Cary Myers, both for the then yet-to-be-launched Royal portable. Interestingly, Hess's design has a rounded section in front of the typebasket - the design which came to be was the one offered by Myers, with a straight front.
MyersIt should also be noted that the final design for this model, with the ribbon spool covers, came from Dowd himself, in 1930.