9 de febrero de 2014

Inside RaRo 1928, and types of type support

Continuing our series on the type manufacturers Alfred Ransmayer & Albert Rodrian (RaRo), and with the happy support of Marlize L. and Ryk van Dijk, we today venture inside the Ransmayer & Rodrian factory.

In the introduction of their catalogue "Liste A", the company proudly shows their state of the art manufacturing rooms and storage. The time is 1928, and only recently the hitherto separate firms of Alfred Ransmayer, located in Köpenicker Strasse 113, Berlin, and Albert Rodrian, in Blücherstrasse 32, Berlin, have merged into "Alfred Ransmayer & Albert Rodrian". The seat of the newly founded company is the Ransmayer factory in Köpenicker Strasse 113.

RaRo have reason to be proud. Their enterprise is continually expanding, dominating not only the German market, but exporting their type all over the world. They boast a "steadily growing stock of several million units of regular type, covering ca. 60'000 possible choices and sign combinations in more than 360 type styles and languages."

We first have a look at the premises, and then have a closer look on RaRo's broad choice of type carriers.

With so many different typewriter models and systems in place, type manufacturers at the time are obliged to produce an insane variety of type support, each fitting the specific typewriter model. Here is what RaRo has to offer in 1928 (click on images to enlarge):

That's it for today - see you soon for the next part on RaRo!

3 comentarios:

  1. I'm impressed by how many types were available in 1928 for 19th-century typewriters such as the Franklin!

  2. Anónimo5:19 a.m.

    Hope they survived the war (the factory people and their machines). :)

    1. I am afraid the factory didn't - it was bombed late in the war.