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1952 Erika 8 Serial # 1190203 1952 Erika 8 typewriter, Serial # 1190203 Kevin Stallaert's 1952 Erika 8 typewriter. 2021-10-25 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kevin Stallaert: 1952 Erika 8 Serial # 1190203 When I told my mother there is a typewriter brand with her name (Erika) she asked me if I could find a nice Erika for her. By chance I came across this lovely model 8. All the model 8 pictures I have seen so far are glossy black. this one isn't: it has a kaki crinkle finish. A very cool typewriter. It had one issue: the carriage was stuck. It wasn't the margins or the carriage lock, but one of the tabulator pins was jammed against the "tabulator reset triangle" in the back. It took me some time to find and solve that issue. And a bent metal dentist toothpick. But so worth it. this thing types really nice and snappy. She'll have to give this one back to me if she gets bored with it.

22-oct-2021: Now in possession of my mother, who already mentioned she's having a blast with it =)

1952 Erika 8 #1190203

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)
Created: 10-06-2021 at 08:03AM
Last Edit: 10-25-2021 at 12:27AM


Description:

When I told my mother there is a typewriter brand with her name (Erika) she asked me if I could find a nice Erika for her. By chance I came across this lovely model 8. All the model 8 pictures I have seen so far are glossy black. this one isn't: it has a kaki crinkle finish. A very cool typewriter. It had one issue: the carriage was stuck. It wasn't the margins or the carriage lock, but one of the tabulator pins was jammed against the "tabulator reset triangle" in the back. It took me some time to find and solve that issue. And a bent metal dentist toothpick. But so worth it. this thing types really nice and snappy. She'll have to give this one back to me if she gets bored with it.

22-oct-2021: Now in possession of my mother, who already mentioned she's having a blast with it =)

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

Erika left side
Erika left side

Erika front left side
Erika front left side

Erika front - model 8 logo
Erika front - model 8 logo

Erika front right side
Erika front right side

Erika right side
Erika right side

Erika back side
Erika back side

Erika backside from table height
Erika backside from table height

Ribbon cover removed
Ribbon cover removed

This ribbon cover is  made from really thick metal
This ribbon cover is made from really thick metal

Bottom side
Bottom side

Serial number
Serial number

Case of the Erika model 8
Case of the Erika model 8

Silly test sheet I made
Silly test sheet I made

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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