1951 Triumph Matura #548560
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-28-2019 at 02:23AM
Last Edit: 09-28-2019 at 02:31AM
There's a song which perfectly describes this typewriter: Feo, Fuerte y Formal, by Loquillo. Ugly, Strong and Honorable, 100% accurate. I didn't come here to make friends, but you know you can count on me. They say I'm a bit of a brute, but in the end I have a soft side... (It's better like this, you don't wanna hear me sing)
This heavy beast doesn't need flashy looks. In fact, the dry sh-, errrrr po-... cra-... dun-... the horrid dry defecation-like livery makes it less attractive than a 16'8 kg (37 lb) pile of... it. But a typewriter has to type, and this monster can type. This is a serious threat to the well-known champions of the time like the Olympia SG1, Optima M10, Hermes 6 / 8, Underwood S... The touch is definitely comfortable (the soft side I mentioned earlier), and that allows you to type decently fast for a long time. Apart from that, being noticeably heavier than its competitors makes it very stable. The touch is not as crisp and maybe you can't go as fast as with other machinery, but on the long runs this is a powerful contender. Oh, and it's not s picky as a Hermes. In fact, this specimen had been neglected for decades, and what you see is what I got for 3 rotten euros. 1, 2 and 3 euros (and 75 cents, I have to admit) and this forgotten monster was mine. I just had to clean the dust. If every deal I make were that good I'd be richer than Scrooge McDuck.
A final note: there's a small discrepancy between the keytops and what the typewriter actually types. the 3/4 - ! key (upper bank, right end) types ' / !, and the 1/2 - 1/4 key (second bank, right end) prints cubic and square metres symbols. Maybe this was a custom order?
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´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.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Triumph Matura on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Triumph Serial Number page and the Triumph Matura By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.