1962 Erika 12 Pullman #2084100
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-31-2017 at 09:25AM
Last Edit: 12-31-2017 at 09:28AM
I drove four hours to pick up this machine. I'm partial to two-tone typewriters, it seems. This is clearly badged as an Erika on the front, though Humber 77, an Optima variant for the Canadian market, is etched on the back. I guess that makes it a bit of a hybrid of two variants.
The machine came with brushes that might not have come with the machine, as it also came with two Smith-Corona touch-typing manuals.
I've read some speculation about the Humber name. My guess would be it relates to the Humber River, which runs through the west end of Toronto.
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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