1959 ADLER PRIMUS, Working Manual Portable Typewriter


This is the second such machine to grace the Teipiadur workbench and its merits and attributes can be summed up thusly: The Primus is an elegant, reliable machine that is extremely pleasant to type on.

An uncommon find in the USA, the ADLER PRIMUS is both a collector's item and a workhorse for prodigious daily use. This PRIMUS comes with a QWERTY keyboard and the writer-preferred Elite type, yielding 12 characters per inch - IDEAL for stacking up the word count.

The PRIMUS is housed in a scratch-resistant, heavy duty composite plastic shell with an easily detachable ribbon cover. The color scheme is a two-toned OYSTER SHELL CREAM and GRAY PUTTY, with plenty of curves and chrome detail to be pleasing to the eye, but not too distracting.

One could write a lifetime of novels on this machine.
Typing on the PRIMUS is an absolute dream - it has a solid feel with a quick staccato keystroke that is deeply satisfying for the precision wordsmith. The Primus is often compared to the Olympia SM series with its large, molar-like keytops and German engineering. It may even surpass the feel of the aforementioned as the Primus requires a less bombastic touch and is noticeably swift, with a silky carriage return and natural key acceleration.

NOTE: If you're after a "quiet" typewriter, look elsewhere - this one is like a beloved rum-soaked auntie, eggnog in hand - she's boisterous but in the best possible way.
Indeed, this machine's noisy banter is motivating AND makes you sound like the world's most productive writer.
As if to make up for all the racket, Adler endowed this machine with the sweetest margin bell this typewriter enthusiast has ever heard, like birdsong across a wintery meadow.

This machine comes with a laminated copy of the user's guide, a NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad, and a NEW Black & Red SILK Ribbon will be installed on metal spools during the final inspection prior to shipping.

IDEAL USER: Writers, Poets, Artists, Screenwriters, Short Story Crafters

NOT FOR: Toddlers, Key-choppers or the Digitally Insane



For all you typewriter nerds out there, the PRIMUS is a rebranded Triumph Gabriele or Perfekt,
Adler & Triumph having merged in 1957.
These machines were not exported with any great regularity and, when found in the U.S.A., will often have a QWERTZ keyboard layout with German characters and symbols.

If your brain is hardwired to the American keyboard, look for German typewriters with a QWERTY layout, like this one - specifically manufactured for a New York company that imported these beauties in small quantities in the late 1950s.


The ADLER PRIMUS weighs 14.5 pounds on the desktop with its base plate attached - 12 lbs. when free of the base. Its total weight in carrying case is 17.5 and the typewriter measurements at approximately 12" x 11.5 " by 5" Note: it is recommended that the base plate be removed for desktop typing, the machine has a nice set of rubber feet that won't scratch your desired writing space.

Make: Adlerwerke
Color: Cream & Gray
Year: 1959
Serial: 1635202
Made In: Western Germany
Typeface: ELITE, 12 cpi
Platen Durometer Reading: 93

- QWERTY 88 character modern keyboard
- Tabulator + Universal Tab Clear Lever
- Dual Ribbon Capability
- Variable Line Spacing
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- XL Page Guide
- Carriage Lock

- Original Metal Case with removable lid and base
- NEW Black & Red SILK ribbon, installed on Metal Spools
- Laminated copy of User's Manual
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad

This machine is in EXCELLENT condition with all features fully working and perfect alignment. The interior mechanics are clean and dust-free; typebars have been detailed and the platen was treated to refresh its grip. The steel hard case works as designed to lock the machine in place to the base plate and then latch easily for travel or storage.

The PRIMUS is in VERY GOOD cosmetic condition with only minor infractions to the original paint. (See pic #9's photo montage for detail.) The exterior has been completely detailed and polished to protect the aesthetic and remove "historical odors".
The case is in VERY GOOD condition and bears normal signs of wear and tear conducive to a life well-traveled. Its base plate feet have been replaced.

This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by TEIPIADUR.


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USPS Priority shipping is included for U.S. deliveries inside the 50 states; should you need to upgrade to expedited shipping, these options are available at an additional cost to the buyer during checkout, as are international shipping options.

Please expect normal delays for delivery outside the U.S.A. due to Covid 19 and customs. Within the 50 states, should delays occur, please show consideration for our valued USPS workers during this pandemic & election year.

Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free.
Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase as there may be additional costs associated with delivery.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available to some countries, please add to cart to see if your location qualifies - shipping cost is not included for international sales and will be the buyer's responsibility to purchase.


Thank you for your patronage stay safe out there.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If local pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

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