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Where is the carriage lock on a 1950 Royal Portable.

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I've seen one on an olympia typewriter. Like a switch on the left side of the machine next to the numbers line. Your problems could be Lock is bent, not connected fully, needs cleaning, oiling.
http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Fix-a-Royal-Typewriter-/10000000205719319/g.html
This link may help. Some of the fix-it advice. Pay attention to carriage won't move paragraph. Check library for possible owner manuals, repair manuals.
Just found this link that may offer more help.

http://www.vintagetypewritershoppe.com/vintage_typewriters_22.html

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