1902 Ideal A2 #2199
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-02-2019 at 08:07AM
Last Edit: 10-02-2019 at 08:58AM
The typewriter as I found.
It is complete and working, but few segments are deformed and out of alignment.
What is interesting in this particular machine is that it looks at the first sight as an A2 and the serial number is matching with the typewriter database for this model, but something is missing.
We know Seidel & Naumann first introduced the back-space key with the Ideal Model A, but looking at the few pictures I found on the net I realised that this happened starting with the A2 model, and that this was probably the characteristic that led to the transition from one model to the next.
Well, as it can be seen looking at the keyboard pictures, my typewriter has not the back-space key, that should have been in the second row from the bottom, beside the letter A.
The only explanation I have is that the Model A2 has not replaced the Model A1, but both have been produced for a certain period of time, and the main difference between the two was not aesthetics (the decals) but mechanical , which sounds more logic.
The Ideal Model A is a fascinating machine, very particular from a technical point of view, with the specific return lever mechanism and both carriage and segment shifting,. What in my opinion is interesting is how this specific mechanic made it possible to create a machine like the Ideal Polyglott, which could write using two different alphabets.
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