Mercedes K45 Portable Typewriter: Five Times Better Than A Doberman
The Typewriter Serial Number Database is a bit confusing on the K45. It indicates the K45 is the Mercedes Superba and that production started in 1936. The K45 is, in fact, a direct descendant of the Selecta, which was first produced in 1934. Leonard Dingwerth's Die Geschichte der Deutschen Schreibmaschinen-Fabriken, Band 1, states the K45 first emerged soon after production resumed following World War II. Dingwerth writes, "Since Thuringia was part of the Soviet zone of occupation ... the Mercedes
works was an American property under the special protection of the government of
the USSR. The small typewriter Selecta K45 was produced in the first years after
the war at Mercedes." Ernst Martin's Die Schreibmaschinen und ihre-Entwicklungsgeschichte was published in 1949 and doesn't mention the K45, which would support the notion the K45 is a post-war model.