The first typewriter
to reach for the skies
The Albus folding portable typewriter seen in an Austrian Army Wright Flyer.
From Typewriter Topics, January 1912:
Presumably, US agents for the Albus were "not entertained" because the typewriter was merely being made in Austria under licence from the Standard Folding Typewriter Company, by then under Benn Conger's presidency in Groton, New York:
The Albus grew into the Perkeo
The Perkeo above (also with the Standard Folding) is from my collection.
The flight of the Albus didn't last long. It was first produced in 1910 and introduced to the US two years later. Sometime later in 1912, Clemens Müller AG of Dresden took over the rights from Maschinenfabrik Carl Engler GmbH, Vienna, Austria, and developed the Albus into the Perkeo. Further developed into a four-bank portable, in 1925 it became the Urania Piccola.
The Perkeo was one of three small typewriters originally designed by Jakob Heil (born Darmstadt, August 22, 1884), a pioneering genius among Austrian-German typewriter design engineers. He also designed the Diamant.