A Tale of Two Tippas

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


Containers everywhere you look …


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


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


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


… 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 …


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


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.


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.


I like the typeface a lot …


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


Not in the same league as my 1961 Adler Tippa …


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


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


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


Gull wings and metal Pelikan spools add to the allure …



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



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


Serial No 111749 = 1954



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. 😉


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

12 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Tippas

  1. Ah! You’ve got the Tippa love. These are great machines. I love my Tippas, and I think they are very under-rated by much of the typosphere. The later Tippa S is a bit of a disaster, but I love every version prior to that.


  2. Please send the guy over to Hamburg next time he is in Germany.
    He can pick up a typewriter, or two. Or fifteen.
    For free.
    He will get coffee and cake.
    For free.

    (I was forced to write this by my wife. If you read this, please call …)
    Yes, honey. I am coming…!
    (If you read this, please call the …)
    I’m coooooming, my dear …!
    (This is no joke! Please, call the …)
    No, of course not, Honey. I finished writing to the [censored] Typewriterpages long time ago, my dear. I’ll be with you in just a second …!
    (Guys, no joke!!! My wife … the typewriters …)
    No, honey, it’s not what it looks like. Honestly. I can explain it …!
    Powerbutton? What do you mean, powerbutton?
    I think you mean this one over t


  3. I certainly enjoyed using my Gossen Tippa recently. The carriage return is ultra-smooth.

    Surely he doesn’t just plop the typewriters in the container as pictured, right? They are cradled in nice boxes, or something? Anyway, I wish I had such a friend!


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