Friedrich Nietzsche's typewriter, a Malling-Hansen Writing ball, model 1878.
Photo taken by Dieter Eberwein.
Copyright: The Goethe and Schiller Archive, Weimar, Germany
Friedrich Nietzsche received his writing ball in 1882. It was the newest model, the portable tall one with a colour ribbon, serial number 125, and several typescripts are known to have been written by him on this writing ball. We know that Nietzsche was also familiar with the newest Remington typewriter (model 2), but as he wanted to buy a portable typewriter, he chose to buy the Malling-Hansen writing ball, as this model was lightweight and easy to carry — one might say that it was the "laptop" of that time.More at The International Rasmus Malling-Hansen Society