The company was founded by Hidalgo Moya, an American- Spanish engineer who lived in England. After first building the Moya typewriter, he set up the Imperial Typewriter Company in Leicester. It stopped manufacturing typewriters when personal computers became popular causing typewriter sales to fall. The company was acquired by Litton Industries in 1966 and the manufacture of typewriters ceased at Leicester in 1974.
Police in front of Imperial Typewriter in Leicester during a protest march in 1974. Photo by George Garrigues.