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1934 Ideal DZ33 Serial # 508123 1934 Ideal DZ33 typewriter, Serial # 508123 Chris Pittman's 1934 Ideal DZ33 typewriter. 2023-04-07 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Chris Pittman: 1934 Ideal DZ33 Serial # 508123 I bought this typewriter in 2018. The seller had a cool story about it.

“I inherited this from my father, who kept this in the attic for years. Originally it came from the Nazi espionage organization “Canaris” [Abwehr], which at that time had a quarters in Castle Lauenstein in the Frankenwald. It was used for work with intelligence matters and correspondence. Near the end of WWII, when the Americans neared, the Canaris group fled the castle and in their haste, left a lot of office equipment behind. The inhabitants of Lauenstein village plundered everything, bit by bit, including this typewriter. The typewriter lay in a basement for years, until my grandfather built a house in the Lauenstein area in the 1970s. He befriended the locals, and one of them gifted him this typewriter. He later gifted it to my father, and I then inherited it when he died last year.”

I didn’t pay any extra for the story. Unfortunately the typewriter sustained some damage when it was shipped to me but my local typewriter repairman was able to get it all back together and working again.

1934 Ideal DZ33 #508123

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Chris Pittman (intrenches)
Created: 04-07-2023 at 08:39AM
Last Edit: 04-07-2023 at 08:42AM


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I bought this typewriter in 2018. The seller had a cool story about it.

“I inherited this from my father, who kept this in the attic for years. Originally it came from the Nazi espionage organization “Canaris” [Abwehr], which at that time had a quarters in Castle Lauenstein in the Frankenwald. It was used for work with intelligence matters and correspondence. Near the end of WWII, when the Americans neared, the Canaris group fled the castle and in their haste, left a lot of office equipment behind. The inhabitants of Lauenstein village plundered everything, bit by bit, including this typewriter. The typewriter lay in a basement for years, until my grandfather built a house in the Lauenstein area in the 1970s. He befriended the locals, and one of them gifted him this typewriter. He later gifted it to my father, and I then inherited it when he died last year.”

I didn’t pay any extra for the story. Unfortunately the typewriter sustained some damage when it was shipped to me but my local typewriter repairman was able to get it all back together and working again.

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Hunter: Chris Pittman (intrenches)

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My name is Chris, I live in Massachusetts, I'm 43 years old and I like to type. I collect mostly German typewriters from before 1945.



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