23 Sep 2014

On to better and greater things

1937 Triumph Norm-6 176873













The ribbon spools are quite genius. Rather than hooking ribbons on the normal way, there is a little locking clamp. It's both simpler to change, less messy, and also more durable than a typical ribbon spool arrow. All these qualities are important if you're going to have the user keep the original spools.






*I suppose my ramblings aren't actually greater than the entire Nazi party,
but it sounded good as I wrote it.

Sent from my new Triumph Norm-6

7 comments:

  1. Very nice typewriter. That method of ribbon attachment is great. Too bad others did not do something similar.

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  2. That's another great looking machine along with a great bit of detective deduction. Desperately trying to remember a different but similar spool solution where there's a slot in the base which a lever comes through to reverse the ribbon's travel... but failing.

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    1. I can think of two that sound sort of similar (Halda portable and Royal standard) but not quite close enough.

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  3. That is a gorgeous looking machine. I love that colour.

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  4. Interesting that you are up and blogging about typewriters at 3:00 AM. It is pleasing in a way to find that others are at least as deranged as myself, as I am currently going through the morning after effects of my latest typewriter acquisition binge.

    That is a lovely typewriter. And once again, as Rob noted, you have done some impressive sleuthing, resulting in a very interesting post. A couple of questions, though: One of my most prized machines is also a Norm 6 (http://typewriterdatabase.com/1944-triumph-norm-6.1303.typewriter). Its serial number of 436924 places its birth date in 1944. But it's keyboard is English. I am wondering when your typewriter was made, and what your thoughts are on the keyboard of mine. The biggest puzzle to me is how it would be that Germany would be making an English-speaking machine in the midst of the dark days of WWII.

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    1. I include the date and serial number of all my new typewriters in caption at the top of the post, this is from 1937. The SS existed from 1933 to 1945.

      My Triumph did remind me of yours, and its peculiar history.

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  5. Very handsome machine.

    I wouldn't want any typewriter with the SS symbol, myself. Nein danke!

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