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GSN Junior Modell 3 toy typewriter

GSN - Junior Modell 3

Writes the previous owner on eBay:

This is a unique toy typewriter! A 3.5-inch width piece of paper is first advanced into the carriage. A cylinder, with upper and lower-case English alphabet letters, is manually rotated to the desired letter. A lever is pressed, causing the entire carriage to move forward towards the cylinder, and the letter is printed onto the paper with inked typewriter ribbon. The typewriter keyboard is illustration only and the letters are not in standard typewriter position.

This item was in my family in west-central PA and I’m guessing was probably played with by my mother and her siblings in the mid-1920s to ’30s. Internet research has revealed that GSN stands for Gebruder Schmidt, a toy manufacturer in Nuremberg, Germany, which began making these typewriters in the 1920s. Just below the “keyboard” are the letters “D.R.F.M. D.R.P.ang. Germany,” a statement having to do with patenting and registering.

The typewriter and its carrier lid is in good condition and recently won second place in the antique metal toy category at the North Bannock County Fair antiques exhibit, Pocatello, Idaho. I am hoping to find an appreciative and caring home or museum for this piece!

And thus it has found an appreciative home. Normally, I do not collect toy typewriters, but this one is so very elegant that I was eager to acquire it. The index mechanism is a stunning piece of engineering, so precise that it might rival standard index machines.

Note: It is missing two knobs on either side of the platen and one tab on the left side, but it is otherwise whole.


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  • Brent November 4, 2013, 8:52 am

    Hi . I have just bought a GSN Junior Typewriter. It is not in the best shape . But it is already one of my favourites and will be given to my son win I go. Is there a place that has parts ? Do you have a value ? See one in auction on november 16th . And if you would like a warm place above fire place .I would be interested in your little prize Junior.If you can help .Thank You Very much

  • Mark Adams November 4, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I’ve seen them sell for as little as $45 and as much as $200 and up. In some instances, condition is a factor, but generally it’s a question of demand. As for parts, the best I can say is buy another (especially if you can get one cheaply) and part it out.

    It is a fine-looking machine. Mine is only semi-operational.

  • A.E. Tishman March 7, 2023, 4:32 pm

    I have one that could possibly be used for parts. Platen (also knobless) dried/cracked, but there are many usable parts. Such as the type disk frame parts, keypad, levers, ribbon guards, base, etc.
    Will happily trade for old Photo Albums, scrapbooks, diaries.

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