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Moya

First year of production:
1902
Company:
Moya Typewriter Company. , Leicester , UK
Serial nr:
n.a.

Hidalgo Moya was a Spanish-American who married a girl from Leicester, England. When he moved back to Europe, he brought an interesting invention with him: the Moya Typewriter. He went into business with his father-in-law and built a factory in Leicester.

The Moya typewriter, that operated with a typesleeve similar to the Crandall, was not a very successful machine. Not too many were sold between 1902 and 1905, when the improved Moya Visible 2 appeared.

The type sleeve with six rows of characters was turned and shifted by an intricate system of gears and levers. Printing was done by the sleeve that moved forward onto the platen.

Courtesy of: Breker collection