Beck typewriter and office machine museum in Pfäffikon ZH, Switzerland Beck typewriter and office machine museum in Pfäffikon ZH, Switzerland
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Malling Hansen - 1867
Sholes & Glidden - 1874
Crandall - 1886
Kosmopolit - 1888
Columbia Mod. 2 - 1890
Salter Mod. 5 - 1892
Lambert - 1896
Edelmann - 1897
Saturn - 1898
Diskret - 1898
Mignon Mod. 2 Rot - 1902
McCool Mod. 2 - 1904
Liliput Duplex - 1907
Darling - 1911
Virotyp - 1914
Saturn - 1898

Saturn - 1898


Made in Switzerland.
Constructing engineer: Fr. Meyer-Teuber, Zurich.
Manufacturer: Feinmaschinenwerk E. Stauder, Meilen.
This machine illustrates a very ingenious device for a low priced typewriter. It will be seen that the types are engraved on a wheel and that a row of nine keys occupies the front of the machine. At the back of the keys is an index plate having five lines of characters, each row having nine letters to correspond with the keys in front. By working another key at the left of the index plate, the wheel revolves so as to bring the particular row of keys into focus, and the exact letter is then printed by striking the corresponding front key. Means are provided for shifting to capitals, etc. Of course, all this involves two operations every time a character is struck, but by a proper arrangement of sequences, and a little practice, a very fair speed might be attained. We believe, however, that the machine was never made commercially.