Perhaps by sheer coincidence, when Gustav Mez founded Mercedes Büromaschinen GmbH in Berlin on December 11, 1906, he adopted for his typewriters what had already become the popular brand name for a car. No sooner had the company been founded than Daimler-Benz AG of the famous Mercedes car was on the case about the trade name, and started litigation. Since it was a relatively common christian name, it was difficult for the car company to stop Mez using it, so in 1913 the two companies reached a “delimitation” agreement.
For a settlement figure of 20,000 marks, Mez was allowed by the courts to continue to use the name for typewriters, provided he agreed never to use it if he ever made anything related to transport. Daimler retained the use for its cars, but agreed never to apply it if it ever ventured into typewriter manufacturing. Mercedes’ first portable, the Prima of 1934, is unmistakeably an Underwood variation.
Functional, installed with new ribbon
A typewritten sample is shown on the last photo
Comes with original case
Typewriter is 85 years old with color fading and wear and tear from age. Please see pictures carefully before purchase. Due to the nature of this product, I cannot accept returns or refunds for this item.
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