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28-7-2020 17:00:44  #1


Original list price?

Has anyone found or collected the original retail prices of our old typewriters? I just cleaned and fixed a 1941 Royal KMM for a friend and I'd like to know how much this outstanding machine cost back then. 
I'm always curious to honor the old market value of mechanical devices such as typewriters, cameras, and motion picture gear, just to put some perspective into the nature of "value". I love finding out how much something cost in the mid-20th century and looking at that cost against the value of the dollar now. When I look at it that way, I've bought cars for way less money than a few of my typewriters originally sold for.
Phil Forrest

 

28-7-2020 19:33:54  #2


Re: Original list price?

I have some pricing, but I don't 'collect' that information per se. I don't think that I'd be far off the mark when guessing that your '41 KMM originally sold for around $115 USD. Around double the price of a basic portable.

Adjusted for inflation, that would be the equivalent of around $2,100 USD today.

My rule of thumb is that most standard typewriters cost around the same as you would pay now for a good, top spec computer.


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30-7-2020 15:46:05  #3


Re: Original list price?

I may not have a receipt for any of my machines, but my Erika 20 originally came with an unopened silk ribbon on a metal spool. Pelican band. The price tag was 6,50 Deutsche Mark. They say 1DM = about 2€. I just thought that might be interesting.    


Learned watchmaker and office machine enthusiast from Germany.

 
 

30-7-2020 15:48:15  #4


Re: Original list price?

Maschinengeschrieben wrote:

They say 1DM = about 2€. I just thought that might be interesting.    

Ops, I meant 2DM = 1€. 
 


Learned watchmaker and office machine enthusiast from Germany.

 
 

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