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1949 Gossen Tippa Serial # 10815 1949 Gossen Tippa typewriter, Serial # 10815 Paolo Dal Chiele's 1949 Gossen Tippa typewriter. 2020-04-08 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paolo Dal Chiele: 1949 Gossen Tippa Serial # 10815 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.

1949 Gossen Tippa #10815

Status: My Collection
Created: 04-08-2020 at 11:24AM
Last Edit: 04-08-2020 at 12:13PM


Description:

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.

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Photos:

The interior of the Tippa A first serie cover, with the four supporting brackets at the corner and the two fixing mechanisms at the centre of the two sides.
The interior of the Tippa A first serie cover, with the four supporting brackets at the corner and the two fixing mechanisms at the centre of the two sides.


The Tippa sitting on the cover.
The Tippa sitting on the cover.


Well, the brush is not original, actually is that of an old electric shaver, but it fits perfectly and is also very effective for cleaning the typebars :-)
Well, the brush is not original, actually is that of an old electric shaver, but it fits perfectly and is also very effective for cleaning the typebars :-)

Comparison of the height oa the Tippa A when sitting on the cover and a contemporary portable (Erika 10)
Comparison of the height oa the Tippa A when sitting on the cover and a contemporary portable (Erika 10)



View of the Tippa when used on the legs, showing how comfortable is using it even without a stable support and in spite of its very small dimensions.
View of the Tippa when used on the legs, showing how comfortable is using it even without a stable support and in spite of its very small dimensions.


In my opinion, the original  Tippa A is far superior to the Tippa B. I really could not understand why they felt compelled to ruin such an example of functional design.
In my opinion, the original Tippa A is far superior to the Tippa B. I really could not understand why they felt compelled to ruin such an example of functional design.

The serial number started in 1948 from 5000.
The serial number started in 1948 from 5000.

Interestingly, the numbering of the single parts started in 1948 from 0001. which may be confusing when dating the machines.
Interestingly, the numbering of the single parts started in 1948 from 0001. which may be confusing when dating the machines.










The shaping of the flanks beside the keyboard which males moving the Tippa A very easy.
The shaping of the flanks beside the keyboard which males moving the Tippa A very easy.

Specific of the early Tippa A is the mechanism of fixing the return lever.
Specific of the early Tippa A is the mechanism of fixing the return lever.


The cover of the first serie of the Tippa A, without front button....
The cover of the first serie of the Tippa A, without front button....

...and with two release buttons on the sides.
...and with two release buttons on the sides.

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