With demand increasing, Royal purchased 5¼ acres in Hartford, Connecticut as the new site for its manufacturing facility.
Original plans called for floor capacity of 250,000 square feet (23,000 m) and cost 0,000 to build. In 1911, Royal introduced the Royal 5 typewriter, which also utilized the "flatbed" design.
I have heard that the touch and feel is similar to many of the other Royal standards; very good. Bill and I were talking about the KMM and in the course of the conversation he asked if I knew about the heavy and light versions. Bill took note of the serial numbers and NOMDA indicated that they were on either side of the 1946/1947 dividing line.
At some point between 19 Royal changed the KMM in some way to make it lighter.
The sources I do have access to all agree almost exactly as to the serial numbers and dates, and that was a pleasant surprise.
I suspect that most of it probably came from a typo that Mr.
Schumann might have made in his spreadsheet, as I found some instances where years were simply skipped.
I think they are very handsome in the same way that a late-40s QDL is a handsome typewriter. One day long ago when Bill was young man he had two Royal KMMs on the bench.
The dark gray finish is classy without the fussiness of a gloss. He had to move both of them and noticed that one was very heavy while the other was noticeably lighter. A Royal desktop typewriter has never been known for its portability.