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1948 Triumph Norm Serial # 489230 1948 Triumph Norm typewriter, Serial # 489230 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 1948 Triumph Norm typewriter. 2019-07-31 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 1948 Triumph Norm Serial # 489230 It's never too late, they say. So this is a good moment to bring here my 2018 Christmas present even if we're almost in August 2019.

For sure it's not too late for this beautiful machine. Seven months are very little compared to the decades it's been keeping a low profile (i.e. mothballed, forgotten, stored away...), but at least it was very well looked after and properly preserved. In fact, it is in almost pristine condition. Maybe some scratches on the case and the lock is a bit beaten up and there's a Triumph badge missing on the ribbon cover (that one hurts a bit), but the rest is simply Perfekt. OK, not Perfekt because this doesn't have tabulator. Rotten joke, I know.

As for the action, nothing to argue and much to celebrate. Snappy, fast, precise... Like it had been fully serviced 5 minutes ago. Even the ribbon is still alive. The Spanish keyboard is a big bonus for me, and the ridiculouly low price tag on it too. It's as I said: a Christmas present. If it had been green and red, it'd have been the most Christmasesque typewriter ever.

1948 Triumph Norm #489230

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Created: 07-31-2019 at 08:35AM
Last Edit: 07-31-2019 at 08:38AM


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It's never too late, they say. So this is a good moment to bring here my 2018 Christmas present even if we're almost in August 2019.

For sure it's not too late for this beautiful machine. Seven months are very little compared to the decades it's been keeping a low profile (i.e. mothballed, forgotten, stored away...), but at least it was very well looked after and properly preserved. In fact, it is in almost pristine condition. Maybe some scratches on the case and the lock is a bit beaten up and there's a Triumph badge missing on the ribbon cover (that one hurts a bit), but the rest is simply Perfekt. OK, not Perfekt because this doesn't have tabulator. Rotten joke, I know.

As for the action, nothing to argue and much to celebrate. Snappy, fast, precise... Like it had been fully serviced 5 minutes ago. Even the ribbon is still alive. The Spanish keyboard is a big bonus for me, and the ridiculouly low price tag on it too. It's as I said: a Christmas present. If it had been green and red, it'd have been the most Christmasesque typewriter ever.

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I've never understood the purpose of these erasers (if it isn't punching holes on the paper)
I've never understood the purpose of these erasers (if it isn't punching holes on the paper)


Nice design touch. Now this is what I call a margin selector. Looks cool, works even better.
Nice design touch. Now this is what I call a margin selector. Looks cool, works even better.


That is a parts code. The S/N is in a more accessible part but at the same time it's more inaccessible, How come?!
That is a parts code. The S/N is in a more accessible part but at the same time it's more inaccessible, How come?!


The S/N is behind the left side of the keyboard. In plain sight, were it not for the fact that there's always in the middle blocking the view.
The S/N is behind the left side of the keyboard. In plain sight, were it not for the fact that there's always in the middle blocking the view.


Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)

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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.

A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.



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