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1969 Triumph Gabriele 5000 Serial # 6019541 1969 Triumph Gabriele 5000 typewriter, Serial # 6019541 Paolo Dal Chiele's 1969 Triumph Gabriele 5000 typewriter. 2023-01-28 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paolo Dal Chiele: 1969 Triumph Gabriele 5000 Serial # 6019541 The Gabriele 5000 was the first German portable electromechanical typewriter.
Weight was already a serious problem for electromechanical office typewriters, and a lot was invested in convincing the public to choose a typewriter that was significantly heavier than the mechanical alternatives.
The design is particularly sophisticated: the shapes are delimited by curved and enveloping lines that lighten the volumes; this effect is amplified by the two-tone livery. The light band , together with the strongly tapered and therefore not visible base panel, helps to create the illusion that the typewriter is levitating in space.
The 'portability' of the Gabriele 5000 was then promoted with an equally refined marketing campaign, associating the typewriter with young women (lightness), open and pleasant spaces (mobility) and elegant coupé cars (Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911) well known for the limited space available for luggage (portability).
The one in the photos is an example of the first series which required a lot of work, especially for fixing the space bar/tabulator group.
In general, Adler/Triumph are quite noisy, and this one is no exception (avg. 62 dB, range 59-65 dB), but the typing experience well worth the small sacrifice.
The Gabriele 5000 was presented to the public at the Hanover Fair in 1969, from April 26th to May 04th, and the dates impressed in the body panels confirms that this specific typewriter is a very early example.
Font: Ro 88 Bruxelles 2,54 mm
In some markets it was sold as Adler / Triumph Satellite.

1969 Triumph Gabriele 5000 #6019541

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Created: 01-28-2023 at 01:58PM
Last Edit: 01-28-2023 at 02:33PM


Description:

The Gabriele 5000 was the first German portable electromechanical typewriter.
Weight was already a serious problem for electromechanical office typewriters, and a lot was invested in convincing the public to choose a typewriter that was significantly heavier than the mechanical alternatives.
The design is particularly sophisticated: the shapes are delimited by curved and enveloping lines that lighten the volumes; this effect is amplified by the two-tone livery. The light band , together with the strongly tapered and therefore not visible base panel, helps to create the illusion that the typewriter is levitating in space.
The 'portability' of the Gabriele 5000 was then promoted with an equally refined marketing campaign, associating the typewriter with young women (lightness), open and pleasant spaces (mobility) and elegant coupé cars (Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911) well known for the limited space available for luggage (portability).
The one in the photos is an example of the first series which required a lot of work, especially for fixing the space bar/tabulator group.
In general, Adler/Triumph are quite noisy, and this one is no exception (avg. 62 dB, range 59-65 dB), but the typing experience well worth the small sacrifice.
The Gabriele 5000 was presented to the public at the Hanover Fair in 1969, from April 26th to May 04th, and the dates impressed in the body panels confirms that this specific typewriter is a very early example.
Font: Ro 88 Bruxelles 2,54 mm
In some markets it was sold as Adler / Triumph Satellite.

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The advertising  campaign was smart and effective.
The advertising campaign was smart and effective.







Curved and enveloping lines lighten the volumes and help to communicate a feeling of portability
Curved and enveloping lines lighten the volumes and help to communicate a feeling of portability


The body seems to be suspended in space, with a very interesting optical illusion created by the contrast of shadows and the white color body portion.
The body seems to be suspended in space, with a very interesting optical illusion created by the contrast of shadows and the white color body portion.

Ro 88 Bruxelles. This font was available in all the Adler/Triumph typewriters produced in the late sixties and early seventies.
Ro 88 Bruxelles. This font was available in all the Adler/Triumph typewriters produced in the late sixties and early seventies.

The last thee digits of the serial number engraved in the first typebar.
The last thee digits of the serial number engraved in the first typebar.










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..
Of the typewriters I value more character than perfection, the signs that time has left and the stories - or fragments of stories - of those who used them ...



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