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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
1962 Groma Kolibri N

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1962 Groma Kolibri N
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Status: My Collection
Created: 09-05-2016 at 09:08AM
Last Edit: 09-05-2016 at 09:15AM

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I found this at an antique mall (many vendors, only one staff) an hour north of where I live. The case was stuck to a table and took some worrying to free it; it had been there a while. They wanted more for this than for the much more common Underwoods and Remingtons, in disrepair, around the mall. This machine works very well, in need only of a new ribbon. The return lever is very low and scrapes the ribbon cover when you return, which from what I understand is standard for this model, which has one of the lowest profiles of the portables, if not the lowest. There's felt under the return lever; otherwise, the cover would be gouged. There's only a slight scratch, which suggests very careful use or that this typewriter was barely used. I fear damaging it, and though I know the machine was built to be used, I'll put it on display only. It's hard for me to capture this in the photos, but the keys are maroon, not black as they appear. Serial #N24059, which suggests it was manufactured in 1962, though I'm not sure which month, in East Germany.

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James Gifford
Username: giffer

I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.

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