Every typewriter has a story to tell

We often associate typewriters with the people who use them. Like Hemingway in front of his 1926 Underwood Standard Portable.

Or Ian Fleming and his gold-plated Royal Quiet Deluxe.

But typewriters themselves have stories to tell.

Like this one, a Wanderer-Werke Continental, built in the early 1930s.

I acquired this typewriter for a local woman who was preparing for a move. And then she told me about it. How it was left to her by another woman, a woman who escaped the Holocaust as a young girl and this was her only possession.

Suddenly, I knew I would never sell this typewriter (not that I sell many to begin with). I can’t risk it falling into the hands of someone who doesn’t appreciate its history.

Of course, all typewriters have a history.

I would love to know so much more. Like why this keyboard? It’s not the standard QWERTZ layout common among German-language typewriters. It’s a QWERTY-ish layout. You can see below the contrast between the keyboard on the instruction sheet vs. the actual keyboard.