1966 Adler Special #2384179
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-12-2018 at 08:30AM
Last Edit: 12-12-2018 at 08:31AM
This machine came side by side with a close relative: an Adler Universal.
At first glance it looks like a slightly smaller Adler Universal with different bodywork, but it seems to be a fairly different machine. I can't say much about it because this poor thing doesn't work at all. As soon as it arrived I tried to push some keys, everything went fine for about 20 seconds and then nothing else happened. No carriage movement, no key movement, nothing at all. While it looked better preserved than the badly bruised Universal, it was far more dirty.
Although I can't do much with it right now (apart from trying to repair it), it triggers a question: why did Adler manufacture two different standard typewriters at the same time? I could understand some overlapping in models or modifications in a base model which were marketed as a different machine, but how can this be explained?
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.
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