1962 Voss ST 24 #210085
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-11-2020 at 09:26AM
Last Edit: 09-11-2020 at 03:13PM
Voss Wuppertal - Voss ST-24 c. 196x. Carriage shift, black/red ribbon with standard three-position ribbon selector, margin and tab selector knob, split clamshell body style. Earlier âsad faceâ ribbon cover body style. Ivory Bakelite type keys. The original paint color was likely green/ivory. Made in Germany.
This was my first typewriter purchase. It was painted red by the seller in The Netherlands. The original paint color may have been green, based on color inside the chassis. The ivory carriage return paper table and knobs appear original. This machine has a small typeface, and the alignment is not perfect. The platen is worn, and when I tried to have the platen removed, my local shop declined for fear of marring the paint, which easily chips. Perhaps one day I will restore the paint, but for now, I do like the red color. The ivory keys are amazing, thick, like piano keys. The carriage movement is smooth, and I like the solid feel of this machine. It requires a bit of a heavy touch, and it's better for short typing sessions. The alignment needs some work, too. Nevertheless, a solid piece of machinery and a striking showpiece. This is the only custom-painted typewriter in my collection to date, and I have since pursued collecting and restoring classic machines. This is also one of my few QWERTZ typewriters, and I have gotten used to swapping the Y and the Z when typing.
Hunter: Sarah VanAllen (TipTapTypewriterSFBay)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Stuck indoors since March 2020, on pandemic furlough from my usual occupation, I acquired my first machine, a gorgeous red Voss ST-24. It wasn't long before I picked up a 2nd machine, began to explore its' inner workings, and wanted to solve a tricky problem. It drew me in, and through the process of frustration and persistence, I fixed that second machine and truly became a typewriter enthusiast. I have since had the pleasure of working on dozens of machines.
Diving deeply into the hands-on repair, history, and reconditioning methods, I keep learning more each day. I love that this field of interest seems limitless. I've developed incredible friendships along the way, too. I'll admit that to preserve and collect, is now a passion.
From the moment I acquire a new machine, I am eager to assess its' condition and particular needs, with an eye to reconditioning whenever possible, and bringing it back to useful service. I believe in caring for these beautiful, historic relics, enjoying them, and placing them in the hands of people who will love them.
I keep careful records of each typewriter in a binder, collect typeface samples, photographs, and make journal entries. I love to read and now have many books on the subject. I hope to continually expand my knowledge through careful study and hands-on research. I use typewriters in my daily life, try to type at least a little bit each day. I collect some, sell some, have given some as gifts.
Like many here, I can't talk about this love without mentioning the example of Tom Hanks, and his wonderful documentary, California Typewriter.- I'm hooked.
In real life, at the computer keyboard, I type 80-100 words per minute, specializing in medical terminology for surgical pathology reports. At home, using typewriter keyboards, I estimate my typing speed is closer to 55 WPM, with variable accuracy.
I like how typewriters require us to slow down just enough to participate deliberately in the writing process. The tactile magic of striking each key and seeing letters appear on the page in real time, cannot be denied. I only wish I had found this hobby earlier. I'll always use technology, of course. Our world demands it. But I've fallen in love with typewriters, and I'm pretty sure I'll never recover.