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The Royal Typewriter Company was founded on January 26, 1904 by Edward B. Hess and Lewis C. Myers in Brooklyn, New York. Its industry was typewriters and paper shredders and its headquarters were in Brooklyn, New York (1904-1926), Hartford, Connecticut (1926-1982) and Windsor, Connecticut (1982-1986). In 1954, Royal and the McBee Binder Company merged to form Royal McBee. In 1964, Royal McBee was acquired by Litton Industries. In 1979, Volkswagen purchased a 55% stake of the company through its Triumph-Adler North American, Inc. subsidiary. In 1986, part of the firm was sold to Olivetti S.p.A. and the original part to the Konishiruko Photo Industry Company. The latter part became Konica Business Machines U.S.A., Inc.

Royal Consumer Information Products headquarters in Somverville (Bridgewater), NJ.

The part of the firm sold to Olivetti in 1986 is known as Royal Consumer Information Products, Inc. and moved from Windsor to Somerville, Pennsylvania in 1989.

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COMPANY NAMES

  • Royal Typewriter Company (1904-1954)
  • Royal McBee Corporation (1954-1965)
  • Royal Typewriter Company (1965-1976)
  • Royal Business Machines, Inc. (1976-1986)

    Logo used by Royal Consumer Information Products, Inc.

MODELS

  • Portable (1926-1931)
  • "Royal Master" Model 10 (1913-1931)

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