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The Typewriter Database 1963 Erika 12 Serial # 3007890 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf: 1963 Erika 12 Serial # 3007890 I had always assumed this to be an Erika Model 12, but after checking the database for its year of manufacture, I'm not so sure.

The DB states the Model 12 was produced between 1960 and 1963, and that the final serial number for the 62-63 production run was 3002800. The serial number on this Erika is higher, so something is amiss.

As for the machine itself, it's an alright typewriter given its tight (good) action has a very wooden (bad) feel. To continue the analogy, while tapping away at its keys this Erika makes me feel more like a woodpecker than a typist.

A minor, but disproportionately annoying feature of the typewriter is the bottom edge of its case that is quite sharp and digs into the skin of your fingers when you lift it.

On a more positive note, it DOES have a very loud margin bell... and the quick detach, spring-loaded ribbon cover is a nice touch.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
1963 Erika 12

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1963 Erika 12
Serial #
3007890

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-26-2014 at 03:08PM
Last Edit: 09-26-2014 at 03:43PM

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I had always assumed this to be an Erika Model 12, but after checking the database for its year of manufacture, I'm not so sure.

The DB states the Model 12 was produced between 1960 and 1963, and that the final serial number for the 62-63 production run was 3002800. The serial number on this Erika is higher, so something is amiss.

As for the machine itself, it's an alright typewriter given its tight (good) action has a very wooden (bad) feel. To continue the analogy, while tapping away at its keys this Erika makes me feel more like a woodpecker than a typist.

A minor, but disproportionately annoying feature of the typewriter is the bottom edge of its case that is quite sharp and digs into the skin of your fingers when you lift it.

On a more positive note, it DOES have a very loud margin bell... and the quick detach, spring-loaded ribbon cover is a nice touch.


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Uwe Wachtendorf
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Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.


1963 Erika 12 Photo Gallery

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