Royal Inspiration

Sometimes I can’t help myself. Like a few weeks ago,while searching through the closets at the dealership I came across this beautiful relic of the past. I found my mom’s old Royal Typewriter. Big, heavy typewriter – built like a tank! It was the one she used in college and my dad had taken to work and used for many years at the dealership.

So when I saw this old typewriter, I thought of my father and was motivated to take it off the shelf where it resided and dust it off. And, of course, to write about it.

Click click click… click click click… click-ding!

Now in an age when the typewriter has become a relic of the past, I pay tribute to this little machine that was hiding away in the closet collecting dust.

Yes, the typewriter may be on it’s last legs, but my memories of my dad sitting at his desk so many years ago typing on it will be with me forever. Funny how simple things like that leave their indelible mark on our memories of the past.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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