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1943 Erika 5 Tab Serial # 1127117/5 1943 Erika 5 Tab typewriter, Serial # 1127117/5 Kevin Stallaert's 1943 Erika 5 Tab typewriter. 2023-03-20 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kevin Stallaert: 1943 Erika 5 Tab Serial # 1127117/5 I saw this machine coming up in an auction and I had to have it. I wanted to know what that lever on the right side was. It's a paper injector! And it doesn't only inject paper, it also lifts the paper bail. Pure awesomeness! The machine has a lot of wear, and the typebars look like they survived a meteor shower. A very well used machine! I love it!

1943 Erika 5 Tab #1127117/5

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)
Created: 03-20-2023 at 11:26AM
Last Edit: 03-20-2023 at 11:28AM


Description:

I saw this machine coming up in an auction and I had to have it. I wanted to know what that lever on the right side was. It's a paper injector! And it doesn't only inject paper, it also lifts the paper bail. Pure awesomeness! The machine has a lot of wear, and the typebars look like they survived a meteor shower. A very well used machine! I love it!

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Left side. Note how the plating of the return lever knob is worn off.
Left side. Note how the plating of the return lever knob is worn off.

Left-front view
Left-front view

Front view of the nearly worn off dealer tag
Front view of the nearly worn off dealer tag

Front-right
Front-right

Right side of the Erika 5Tab
Right side of the Erika 5Tab

Backside of the typewriter
Backside of the typewriter

Adolf dealer tag. It used to be on the forint of the paper table. I like it better in the back.
Adolf dealer tag. It used to be on the forint of the paper table. I like it better in the back.

Front view of the paper injector mechanism
Front view of the paper injector mechanism

Side view of the paper injector
Side view of the paper injector

Another paper injector view
Another paper injector view

Underneath the ribbon cover
Underneath the ribbon cover

Cleaned slugs
Cleaned slugs

Peening marks on one of the slugs, to adjust vertical alignment somewhere in this machine's past
Peening marks on one of the slugs, to adjust vertical alignment somewhere in this machine's past

Close up of the slugs. All are marked with "120". The size of the letters is 10 CPI (Pica)
Close up of the slugs. All are marked with "120". The size of the letters is 10 CPI (Pica)

Underside of the machine
Underside of the machine

Serial number, stamped in the frame beneath the spacebar
Serial number, stamped in the frame beneath the spacebar

Quality control sheet that is poorly filled in =S
Quality control sheet that is poorly filled in =S

Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)

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I fell into the typewriter rabbit hole due to nostalgia: I used to have a massive Olympia SG1 when I was a kid. It formed my typing habits, which is why I am called a "furious typer" by my coworkers. Came across the r/typewriters page on Reddit which rekindled my love for these wonderful machines. Lets just hope I don't start pushing screens off my desk when I reach the end of a line...

I also have a modest Youtube channel where I document the progress of my typewriter journey: https://www.youtube.com/@Slug_Life



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