Royal Key Model

Description
This model of a Royal Typewriter Company typewriter key demonstrates the key and type bar action in Royal Typewriters.
The Royal Typewriter Company was founded in 1906 by Thomas Fortunes Ryan and Edward B. Hess, with Ryan providing the capital and Hess providing the inventiveness. Hess owned over 150 patents, many of which were assigned to the Royal Typewriter Company. Hess’s most noteworthy patents related to increasing the ease of typing, including an accelerating typebar, anti friction roller escapement, Magic Margins, and selective touch control. In 1954 Royal merged with the McBee Corporation, operating as Royal Mcbee until 1964. In 1964 Royal McBee was acquired by Litton Industries, which used Royal as a brand until 1968.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter, part of
Measurements
overall: 10 1/2 in x 5 in x 12 in; 26.67 cm x 12.7 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
ME*311045
catalog number
311045
accession number
136502
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Typewriters
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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