Wednesday, 3 February 2021
I'm keen to find out more about this QWERTZ-keyboard Magneta typewriter. I'm figuring it's a prototype of a smallish electric typewriter, dating from the early 1930s. My gut feeling is that it is Swiss, partly because the Keystone image is titled "machine à écrire" rather than "schreibmaschine". There was in this period a Zürich company called Magneta which made electric clocks without batteries or contacts, electric time stamps and time recording systems. It had branches in New York, London and Paris. There was also a German design engineer called Walther Inhoffen who patented in Switzerland components, including the frame, for an electric typewriter in the early 30s. I can't get a clear look at the writing on the front right, but it appears to say "System S. Opesenkin". Any assistance with information about this machine would be very greatly appreciated.