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Thursday, 11 October 2012

On This Day in Typewriter History: Royals by the Million

PART 141
A clipping from the Hartford newspaper of Saturday, October 9, 1926, can be seen in this advertisement. The blurb in the ad is signed by Royal president George Ed Smith.
On this day (October 9) in 1926, The Hartford Daily Courant reported that the Royal Typewriter Company had just produced its one millionth typewriter.
Royal's first portable had only just gone on sale the previous month, so the one million made to that date were almost all standard-size machines. One million in a little more than 20 years was a remarkable achievement. 
In November 1942, when typewriter production ceased to allow for conversion of the Hartford, Connecticut, factory to armaments manufacturing, Royal had made more than four million typewriters. That's another three million in just 16 years.
Royal produced its 10 millionth typewriter in December 1957.
In 1954, Royal made its four millionth portable typewriter. This page, concerning a special presentation on that occasion, is from Thomas A.Russo's Mechanical Typewriters (2002):

1 comment:

shordzi said...

Beauuuuutiful ads! Despite of the inherent contradiction of having an un-republican name and while being produced in the United States, still amongst the best machines around.