The collector’s corner
This collection shows models designed between 1913 and 1928.
The term “Long Madas” is not an official designation but a usual expression intended to differentiate the original Madas of the latest models, known as “Madas Portable”.
These machines are based on the concept of stepped drums. This is a real break compared to the Millionaire. Division is fully automatic on all models starting from 1915.
These models were sold even after 1931, probably still one or two years after the birth of the “Madas Portable”. From the first simple model (VII Max), with sliders, we can distinguish arbitrarily 3 main sets of improvement.
- The first one is the introduction of a keyboard in place of the legacy system of sliders.
- The second one is the implementation of a small additional keyboard for introducing the multiplier. According to H.W. Eglis’ nomenclature, we can consider the models equipped with this new feature as “half-automatic”.
- Finally, the third great improvement is the implementation of a special touch key for starting multiplication. These advanced machines are fully automatic and named by H.W. Egli “Superautomat”.