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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Brad Sarno:
1957 Continental 10

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1957 Continental 10
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Status: My Collection
Created: 12-10-2014 at 07:13PM
Last Edit: 12-10-2014 at 07:15PM

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I just bought this from Nick Beland, so at least for the moment it appears twice here in the database now that I'm also inserting it.

Wow, this is my first hands-on with an Erika. This is actually an Erika 10 but with a Continental decal/branding. Not much info on this. Nick pointed out that the decal appears to be 8 or so years older than 1957.

Mechanically speaking, this is truly an astounding machine. The build quality is very detailed, precision, robust, and ingenious. It's a very impressive machine that rivals the build quality of anything else I've seen before. It's very solid, very smooth, and very nice to use - fast, easy, snappy. There is a very well designed tabulator brake mechanism inside unlike any I've seen. After a bit of cleaning, that entire tab mechanism works like a dream.

It's not a loud machine either, quite reasonable. The metal parts and finish quality is top notch. I'm just very impressed with this thing. Even the paint, although grey-ish, is very hard and solid and has an almost pearlescent metallic quality to it.

It has a bunch of fractions on it and also both dollar and pound signs. It has a 1 and an !.

The typeface is pica sized.

Now Erika has risen to the top for me. Instantly among my very favorites.

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Brad Sarno
Username: bradsarno

I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.

1957 Continental 10 Photo Gallery

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