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Rofa 2

First year of production:
Robert Fabig GmbH , Berlin , Germany
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In 1912 Robert Fabig had introduced the Imperial typewriter on the German market, under the name Faktotum. In 1921 he introduced a similar downstrike machine, the Rofa, with one major difference: inking was done with an ink roll.

Fabig felt that the ribbon mechanism was a major source of problems on other typewriters. So he came up with a cheaper system that also kept the operator's fingers clean. The system consisted of an ink reservoir with a roller. The type would hit the roll, which then hit back against the reservoir for a refill.

Commercially the Rofa was a considerable success in Germany. It was also exported to the Netherlands, with a different brandname: the Correspondent.

Courtesy of: Rzepka collection