I will write more in days to come, but this typewriter cries out to be shown off. Just look at it!
Wellington P. Kidder, an inventor and pretty smart guy apparently, worked on several designs. At the end of the 19th century, he developed a thrust mechanism for a typewriter among other designs probably. This design eventually come into the hands of Adlerwerke in Germany. After this design, Kidder worked on what would be the foundation of the Noiseless machines. I have a Noiseless, a Remington Noiseless 6. Despite the similar idea of thrust typing, these are two totally different types of action. The Favorit is not intended to be quiet although it isn't very loud and it feels similar to a regular typewriter.
A few notes:
- The thrust mechanism makes it a flat typewriter, so even though it has a full sized keyboard, it is much flatter without sacrificing typing action.
- The shift drops the carriage straight down. It seems to go down too far, but that the typeslugs go straight forward and the caps are on the bottom of the type slug.
- The ribbon vibrator doesn't exist as normal. Rather than raising a ribbon, two widely spaced holders bring the ribbon closer to the platen. This allows one to see what one is typing even though the ribbon has to be directly between forward moving typeslugs and the platen.
- It uses tension to automatically reverse the ribbon.
- There seems to be no mainspring. Rather than a regular cord and mainspring, it is this very long spring loop which works in a way I do not quite understand yet (I will look at it closely later).
- It is from Germany and has a German keyboard. This makes typing errors more common as one touch types. "z" and "y" are the most obvious issues, but the symbols and extra characters and missing signs can cause issues too.
Here are the pictures: