This extraordinary piece of engineering allowing a polyglot to spin between four languages and keyboards.  Manual typewriters, mind, not bits of software.

‘Zarian possesses an extraordinary typewriter which enables him, by simply revolving the bed of type, to write in French and Italian as well as in Armenian and Russian.’

 

Source: Lawrence Durrell, Prospero’s Cell, Faber & Faber 1970 (1945), p.14

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