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Typewriter platen won't move

I have the Triumph Contessa Typewriter and can't get the platen to move. I guess, it's some kind of travel lock, and I don't know where to unlock it. Is anyone familiar with this typewriter and can help me?

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    geigerju Dec 06, 2012

    I found it. It was a lever right next to the '1'. Thank you though.

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