Ideal Polyglott Typewriter

This is an Ideal Polyglott typewriter that was produced by Seidel and Naumann A.G. of Dresden, Germany between 1902 and 1913. The Ideal typewriter was patented by E. E. Barney and Frank Tanner, but production occurred in Dresden, German, beginning in 1900. In 1902 Max Klaczko of Riga, Russia received a patent in Great Britain for an improvement in typewriting machines, allowing for two different languages to be printed with one key, doing away with changing typefaces or switching machines. This patent was incorporated into Seidel and Naumann’s typewriter, hence the name Polyglott (many tongues).
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Seidel and Naumann AG
overall: 10 3/4 in x 16 in x 20 in; 27.305 cm x 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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