Adler SE Series Electronic Typewriters
Posted on December 15, 2016
The 1983 Adler SE 1011 typewriter I picked up last week came with spare daisywheels and sales literature — not just about the SE 1011, but about the whole “SE 10XX” range of T-A business machines …
Note the salesman’s scribbled price tag!
It’s interesting that a selection of ribbons were available, including fabric ribbons …
eBay sighting: ROYTYPE fabric ribbon for ROYAL & IMPERIAL 5000, ADLER SE1000
And how richly ironic is this typo …
I also got this: Adler’s The Office Machine Revolution, a fan-fold sales pamphlet that profiles half a dozen typewriters of the SE 10XX series, plus other sundry office gadgets and peripherals …
Click here for the full PDF: adler-office-revolution
The SE 10XX series typewriters (which spawned many Adler/Triumph/Imperial/Royal brand name and model number variants) were clearly high-end machines with a high asking price. Like the SE 1011, many of them could be hooked up to a PC (Adler SCREENTYPER) …
Click here for the PDF: adler-screen-typer
… provided, that is, they were configured with the necessary Centronics and/or RS232 port (which mine doesn’t have – hence the plastic insert on the rear of the machine) …
Another interesting feature (on those typewriters that have one) is the platen knob. Before turning, the knob has to be pulled out in order to disengage automated mode …
Many of these SE series typewriters look almost identical, the only differences being the functionality provided on the keyboard, or the addition of an LCD screen. Compact (budget-priced) “SE” machines were also offered.
To end this post, I’ve put together examples of the electronic typewriters listed in Adler’s The Office Machine Revolution (plus a few that weren’t listed) …
(Above) Gabriele 9009
(Above) Triumph/Adler SE 310 (AKA Gabriele 310) with LCD display
(Above) Royal Beta 8200
(Above) T-A SE510E
(Above) Triumph SE 1005
(Above) Triumph SE 1010
(Above) Triumph SE 1030, sans platen knob
(Above) Triumph SE1035/C with LCD display, sans platen knob
(Above) Adler Gabriele 8008 L/8000, with platen knob on the right-hand side?
(Above) An offshoot from the SE10XX series, a TRD 170 daisywheel printer, which looks similar to the SE 1020 and SE 1035, which were also sold with a detachable keyboard (See “SE 1040” illustrated above).
Adler SE 1000 F/CD (golf ball IBM clone)
Looks like they did away with the fragile plastic tabs that are a feature and a failing of the later IBM ball elements.