1949 Gossen Tippa #10815
Status: My Collection
Created: 04-08-2020 at 11:24AM
Last Edit: 04-08-2020 at 12:13PM
This is a Gossen Tippa A first serie in excellent condition, produced in the first half of 1949, which offers the possibility of highlighting some of the specific characteristics of the original Gossen Tippa project. It is known that the production of the Gossen Tippa (Tippa A) started in 1948. In 1952 the keyboard was modified, and in 1953 this model was replaced by Tippa B with the typical gull-wing ribbon spools covers.
Less known is that other important modifications have been made to the original project, sacrificing its innovative and, to my knowledge, unique character with the apparent aim of reducing production costs.
The main change to which I refer was introduced in early 1950 after less than 20,000 machines had been produced and concerned the cover of the machine. In the original design conceived by Erwin Pfaffenberger, the cover was fixed to the machine with two stops positioned along the central axis, and was released by operating two side buttons positioned along the sides. Inside the cover, in addition to the release mechanism, there were four rubber-coated brackets whose purpose was to hold the machine, transforming the removed cover into a very stable writing support . If used on a desk, the keyboards is raised, and the overall dimensions became comparable to those of a portable typewriter such as the Erika 10 in the pictures. The real advantage, however, is when using the machine "on the road": the support in fact allowed a comfortable use of the machine supporting it with the knees, and also solved the problem of finding the place to put the cover removed. The comparison that I illustrate in the images with one of the last Tippa produced at the Erlangen plants in 1957 is merciless. The Tippa A first serie is by far one of the best, if not the best, typewriter to be used when travelling in a bus or in a plane, also thanks to the two sides clips that can secure not only cleaning brush but also a pen. It is definitely my choice among ultra-portables.
Positioning and removing the machine is very easy thanks to the practical shaping of the sides of the machine at the height of the keyboard which has unfortunately been eliminated in Tippa B, making the new model much less practical to move.
Other peculiarities of the first serie of Tippa A are illustrated in the photos.
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Interested in historic motoring and vintage cars, I received a typewriter as a bonus when I bought and old off-road car. The previous owner had found somewhere a typewriter produced for the German army and when he sold me the car he gave me the typewriter too. As I learned later, it was a1961 Olympia SM7 Robust..
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