1888 Kosmopolit Kosmopolit #N/A
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-25-2018 at 06:42AM
Last Edit: 07-30-2019 at 05:35AM
The Kosmopolit is an index machine that can type 90 letters and symbols, which are carried in two rows on a rubber type plate. The machine was patented on July 1, 1887, by the sewing machine manufacturer Guhl & Harbeck of Hamburg, and it was introduced to the German market at the end of 1888. It is the successor of the Hammonia, which was produced starting in 1884 by the same company.
The great similarity of the cast-iron base to the base of a sewing machine is not accidental, for the base was made in the company's own foundry. The Kosmopolit weighs 6.5 kg and measures 32 cm in length, 26 cm in width, and 11.5 cm in height.
The Kosmopolit found only a limited market, but where it was used, it was prized for its sturdiness and for its beautiful, clear typing. It was exported to several European countries, and according to Ernst Martin, it was still used for years after the turn of the century, especially in English insurance offices, to prepare "beautiful" documents. Manufacture must have stopped around 1902-1903, for the last advertisements for the Kosmopolit date from 1903.
The Kosmopolit was the last typewriter produced by Guhl & Harbeck; the company later produced one more notable item, the Jupiter pencil sharpener.
Hunter: Maxim Suravegin (Gardenmax)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Max. Live in Moscow. Russia.
Typewriter collector. Father of 6 children, grandfather of 1.
3 dogs, 3 cats.
Start collect typewriters very late in September 2016.
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