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1958 Voss SDT 32 Serial # 145661 1958 Voss SDT 32 typewriter, Serial # 145661 Paolo Dal Chiele's 1958 Voss SDT 32 typewriter. 2022-01-30 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paolo Dal Chiele: 1958 Voss SDT 32 Serial # 145661 Typewriter abused and reduced to scrap. At one point the typewriter appears to have been violently shaken by grabbing it by the carriage, with the results that can easily be imagined. Abandoned without a box for an unspecified number of years, the Voss has all the rubber elements completely deteriorated, which is one of the reasons why it has not been reassembled yet.
The missing logo plate is the least of the problems.
Despite the conditions, the machine was interesting enough to attempt recovery.
First of all it is an SDT32 and that is the top of the Voss range.
Secondly, it is one of the last of the first generation, and confirms what is reported in the TWDB, namely that the first generation was produced until the beginning of 1958. In this case, it is not even necessary to check the serial number, since the date of purchase is shown on a stencil on the left side. It also fills a gap, since there are not yet first generation STD32 in the database.
I haven't found many images on the net with the Voss mechanics exposed. If the Voss design is highly appreciated, my opinion is that the best of a Voss is under the body. Speaking of the ABC prototype (https://typewriterdatabase.com/195x-abc-portable.17482.typewriter) I said I have the feeling that it has a relationship with Voss and this gallery explains one of the reasons why I suspect the existence of this connection. And also why I consider the Privat as a model that didn't really fit in the Voss catalogue.
From the mechanical point of view, the Voss portable were inspired by the Triumph, but have original elements of great aesthetic and functional refinement that placed them at the top of the market.
One detail above all: the frame is painted green, while all the mechanical components, including the screws, are painted black, which creates a chromatic contrast that makes the mechanic's work more precise. Brilliant.
The Voss is a typewriter designed and produced to be the best, in a period in which the optimization of production and maintenance costs were not yet decisive; in the case of the STD this attitude has reached the limit of masochism, with the tabulator keys protruding from a window in the front, which is gorgeous but makes the removal of the body from the frame a yoga exercise. It not a surprise that such an aesthetic refinement has been abandoned to adopt a more conventional solution, which gives this machine a romantic dimension, being a victim of the changing times.

1958 Voss SDT 32 #145661

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Created: 01-30-2022 at 05:52AM
Last Edit: 01-30-2022 at 06:13AM


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Typewriter abused and reduced to scrap. At one point the typewriter appears to have been violently shaken by grabbing it by the carriage, with the results that can easily be imagined. Abandoned without a box for an unspecified number of years, the Voss has all the rubber elements completely deteriorated, which is one of the reasons why it has not been reassembled yet.
The missing logo plate is the least of the problems.
Despite the conditions, the machine was interesting enough to attempt recovery.
First of all it is an SDT32 and that is the top of the Voss range.
Secondly, it is one of the last of the first generation, and confirms what is reported in the TWDB, namely that the first generation was produced until the beginning of 1958. In this case, it is not even necessary to check the serial number, since the date of purchase is shown on a stencil on the left side. It also fills a gap, since there are not yet first generation STD32 in the database.
I haven't found many images on the net with the Voss mechanics exposed. If the Voss design is highly appreciated, my opinion is that the best of a Voss is under the body. Speaking of the ABC prototype (https://typewriterdatabase.com/195x-abc-portable.17482.typewriter) I said I have the feeling that it has a relationship with Voss and this gallery explains one of the reasons why I suspect the existence of this connection. And also why I consider the Privat as a model that didn't really fit in the Voss catalogue.
From the mechanical point of view, the Voss portable were inspired by the Triumph, but have original elements of great aesthetic and functional refinement that placed them at the top of the market.
One detail above all: the frame is painted green, while all the mechanical components, including the screws, are painted black, which creates a chromatic contrast that makes the mechanic's work more precise. Brilliant.
The Voss is a typewriter designed and produced to be the best, in a period in which the optimization of production and maintenance costs were not yet decisive; in the case of the STD this attitude has reached the limit of masochism, with the tabulator keys protruding from a window in the front, which is gorgeous but makes the removal of the body from the frame a yoga exercise. It not a surprise that such an aesthetic refinement has been abandoned to adopt a more conventional solution, which gives this machine a romantic dimension, being a victim of the changing times.

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Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)

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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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