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The Erika model 8 was the first model of the Erika family entirely conceived in the post war times. It succeeded the pre-war Erika model 6 (curiously a model 7 was never launched).
In 1949 Seidel & Naumann Erika production was taken over by state-owned East German VEB Dresden, and a few months later the model 8 was coming out of the factory. It was produced only during a short period of time, up until 1952. It has a tabulator system which is not present on the subsequent model 9.
Made in East Germany at the height of the Cold War, the Groma Kolibri was a favorite among spies of both sides of the Iron Curtain, for being so portable, small and easy to carry around. And it seems that spies also had an acute taste for beautiful design.
Brand: Groma Model: Kolibri Type: Ultra-portable Manufacturer: VEB GROMA Schreibmaschinen, Markersdorf, GDR Inventor: Karl Ronneberger Serial Number: 666 716 Date of production: 1960 Period of production: 1954-1962/3 Keyboard: German QWERTZ * Weight: 5 Kg (with case) Dimensions: L 27,5cm W 26cm H 5,5cm
Brand: Erika Model: 8 Manufacturer: VEB Schreibmaschinenwerk Dresden Serial Number: 1 195 290 Year of production:1952 Production period: 1950-52 Keyboard: german QWERTZ Weight: 6,5 Kg Dimensions: L 28cm W 28cm H 10cm Typeface: Pica Case: YES (wooden)
Brand: Olympia Model: Splendid 33 (first version) Manufacturer: Olympia Werke AG – Wilhelmshaven, West Germany Serial Number: 95 - 295 434 Year of production: 1959 Production period: 1959-68 Keyboard: German QWERTZ Weight: 4,5 Kg (with case) Dimensions: L 28cm W 27cm H 7cm Typeface: Elite (12 character per inch) Case: YES (leather-like)