I found this typewriter at a local antique mall in Mennonite country in southern Ontario, in amongst the Underwoods, Royals and Remingtons (and one Commodore). I hadn't seen one of these in the wild before, and immediately pulled it off the shelf and swept away a layer of dust. It had been marked down to half price, probably because it requires a drawband repair and a cleaning, and because of that pesky QWERTZ keyboard. I've just added to my list of winter repair projects. I also may have solved another mystery that's been dogging me for months. I bought (don't ask me how or why) the guts of another older German machine, and I haven't been able to place the make or model, and I can't find a serial number. I now think it might be a later K-A machine, as the keys are plastic, not metal and glass-topped as this one features, and it shares the same sliding type mechanism. I've cheated and have snuck in a couple of photos at the end of this other Frankenstein machine in case anyone's interested (or can confirm my solution to the mystery).
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.
The mystery machine. Similar (if not the same) type mechanism, though plastic keys. The return lever is slightly larger and curls inwards instead of flaring out.
Professionally printed, coil bound workshop repair manuals.