Fremantle, Western Australia, (Freo) is a bustling port. Not surprisingly there are a lot of container ships and a lot of containers …

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Containers everywhere you look …

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However, on this visit I was interested in one container in particular …

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It’s a container that is owned, or possibly rented, by an antique dealer, Paul.

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On his frequent trips to Europe, Paul returns with antiques and typewriters (most of which are German) …

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… some in working condition, some not, some free-standing, some attached to bases, some perched precariously on bar stools (more about that one later), and nearly all without cases or lids …

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… take for example this Grundig-labelled Triumph Tippa S ($50) …

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Serial number 4851479 = 1968

Despite being heavier and larger than my 1961 Adler Tippa, the ‘68 Tippa-S feels less substantial, has more rattle, and lacks the sharp rat-a-tat-tat of its predecessor. I’m starting to wonder why I bought it.

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Curiosity I suppose. I’ve seen plenty of Adler Tippa S typewriters, but not so many Triumph ones. Interestingly Retro Tech Geneva describes a basket-shifted one. Mine has a carriage shift.

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I like the typeface a lot …

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But sad to say this is a very average portable typewriter.

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Not in the same league as my 1961 Adler Tippa …

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… and not even in the same universe as a Gossen Tippa

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I feel no remorse about buying this one ($40 – a price reduction due to a bent and detached paper bail).

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It’s in reasonably good condition, but needs some TLC.

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Gull wings and metal Pelikan spools add to the allure …

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Unfortunately, it’s missing its lid, which is a shame because I like the quality of the base a lot.

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I’m willing to believe that this is the best ultra-flat portable typewriter you can buy.

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Serial No 111749 = 1954

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I couldn’t help myself and ended up buying a further 6 German typewriters (7 if you count the typewriter I bought twice – but more about that in my next post).

Stay tuned and I’ll slowly but surely introduce you to my burgeoning Germanic tribe. 😉

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A good place to sit and wait for a bus, or the next container ship!