Strikethru's current hankering after an ultra-portable cursive typewriter got me to thinking I never did get around to introducing this one properly, so here goes:
The occasional bursts of red text in the typecast happened because I flouted this ribbon's bi-color rule and used a purple/ red ribbon. It works, mostly, but obviously the descenders on the letters print red. The typewriter was quite well-used when I received it, with some spots of rust on the bottom plate (which is metal), but other than the occasional sticky 1 key, it works nicely.
Here's my very first cursive typewriter, purchased in my eagerness to have at least one. It's a Triumph Gabriele 10, all plastic, and huge (the stickers are a last ditch attempt to relieve the drabness, but it didn't work too well). The typeface is exactly the same as its diminutive cousin, and apart from a basket shift and of course a deeper type bar arc, I don't know that there is all that much difference in how it feels mechanically. Really, which would you rather have?
My favorite shot on any machine - type slug macro.
Here it is in profile: ultra-flat. Cursive typewriters are usually hard to find in the wild, especially when no indication of typeface is made on the auctions, but if it only takes blue ribbon it's a pretty good sign. Finally, here it is in the case: