|Rheinmetall KsT portable|
The company itself was founded in 1889 as Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft. Their main profile was manufacturing military products, but the terms of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I caused that they had to switch to more peaceful products like steam locomotives and office equipment. Military production was resumed later. After World War II the (remains of the) Sömmerda factory became a state-owned company in East Germany and they continued producing office equipments until they had failed to keep up with the changing circumstances so they had to stop production at the end of 1991.
|The serial number on the right, just below the cover|
I got the machine a few days ago. It was in great condition, all I had to do was some cleaning. At first the Tab key was not working, but I guess it hadn't been used for years, since pressing that several times freed it up and it's fine since then.
|Tab set/clear lever on the back|
|Carriage lock and margin set levers|
|Some other (probably older) variants have a rotary knob as color selector|
* I guess this is the first time I call myself a collector in public. Once you get in touch with these beauties, you can't resist anymore. Sigh.