4 May 2014

Sleek and strange black wonder

1951 Voss 51 26596















When I got this it looked nice, but it didn't shine. An (I won't say quick because it took me an hour) application of oil to the smooth surfaces brought the true beauty back to this machine.

A Voss question—I have noticed both with this and the gullwing Voss I owned a few years ago that when using a brand new well-inked ribbon, there is some smearing of ink on the page. I do not experience this problem with very many typewriters using my ribbons, but it plagued both Vosses I've owned. Is this a known thing?

Sent from my new Voss 51

10 comments:

  1. Wow! This Voss sure looks like it deserves every bit of your praise. Thanks for showing it off.

    Michael Höhne

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  2. I second that ... WOW! Nice machine, just beautiful! From an era when form and function (and durability) was the rule.

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    1. I would have to question the use of this plastic when it comes to durability of the shell though! Especially in the earlier variants with the lighter frame around the keyboard they are susceptible to cracking.

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  3. It looks fantastic. Good alignment on the typing too.

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    1. I've noticed that alignment seems to be a problem with some Vosses so i was pleased with how well the type on this looked without having to adjust it.

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  4. Superb photography, and I really like your word choice of "brutish" to describe its looks.

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    1. I think it applies best to the later Voss models, but it does with this one a little bit too. The heavy frame around the keyboard contributes to this.

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  5. from a Voss fan - thank you for this report, and great pictures, as always!

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    1. I checked your page on Vosses before I wrote this typecast—I would offer for you to use a photo but you already have one just like mine. :)

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