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Friday, September 29, 2017

1954 Gossen Tippa Typewriter

I have three German made portable manual typewriters, but my most recent and long sought addition is by far my favourite to use.  The Gossen Tippa was manufactured in West Germany in 1954 and in my humble opinion is at the pinnacle of ultra-portable typewriter engineering - the best ever manufactured in this category.  Why?  Well first, Gossen engineers achieved the magic balance between size, weight and efficiency.  The body of the machine is all metal and has some weight which keeps the typewriter stable when you are using it without dancing around all over the desk.  The metal body's mass also helps to keep the key action crisp, light to the touch and very quiet, compared to many other ultra-small portables including earlier Tippa models and all of their rival competitors. 

Chromed metal appointments on the Gossen Tippa are both beautiful and functional.  Nothing has been overlooked to ensure maximum performance and portability.  It comes with a metal hard case cover that secures the machine from moving and two levers on the typewriter lock the carriage and shift to stop movement during transport.  This Tippa arrived quite dirty and benefited from cleaning.  I simply removed the four screws on the feet to get into the guts of the typewriter to carefully brush, clean, blow and oil the inner workings.  The body of the machine is painted with hard baked enamel that has small chips, but is still in very good condition.

Two colours were produced by Gossen in 1954 that include this caffè mocha version with mahogany brown coloured keys and platen knobs.  A dark red maroon bodied machine with white keys and platen knobs was also manufactured that is exceptionally beautiful.  Both are functional works of art that are a dream for writers to use.

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