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Bing 1 (student)

First year of production:
Bing Werke , Nuremberg , Germany
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Bing Werke, traditionally a producer of tin toys entered the typewriter market in 1927 with a light typewriter. The sheet metal machine was not intended for heavy office use, but it was not a toy either. It was a "Lehrmittelschreibmaschine", an educational tool.

The Bing 1, shown here, had an ink pad system for inking the type. The second model (see Bing 2) held a narrow ribbon. Both the Bing 1 and 2 appeared with a metal base and cover and aluminum keytops.

The 'student' Bing also appears in ivory white.

The Bing was not produced very long and is relatively rare. However, because the machines have no serial numbers, it is unknown how many were actually produced.

Courtesy of: Costa collection