197X Koniger Eurographic #116055
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-29-2019 at 03:54AM
Last Edit: 06-29-2019 at 03:59AM
This is yet another iteration of the Spanish-made derivatives of the extremely competent Swiss Patria.
A quick history class: Imperial EspaÃ±ola started producing a licensed copy of the Swidd Patria in Eibar (Spain), They succeeded, so they started to introduce modifications, producing new models, drifting further away from the original Patria, lowering the quality of the product, changing company names and ultimately dissapearing. After the original Patria there came the Amaya (which at the beginning was a Patria with a different badge) and its variants (86, A-120, IM 93... and the export version, the Florida). Then the third generation came with the Sedic Pulsatta, which is a beautiful but only so-so typewriter. And here comes our guest: enter the Königer Eurographic.
According to the article by Alfredo Sirvent, Fransu MarÃn and Richard Polt in the ETCetera nÂº 89, the Eurographic could've been the attempt to compete with the Olivetti Valentine. A flashy typewiter with an exotic name (the -Ã- isn't even used in Spanish) and a more modern design than that of the pretty unique Pulsatta Deluxe. If this was the case, the Valentine takes the cake, even if it's not an all-conquering typewriter. The Eurographic suffers from the same ailments as the Pulsatta: slow and somewhat unreliable, but again as its sister it's a joy to use. If you take off the ribon cover all the machinery action is moving poetry.
This specimen has suffered quite some abuse. Looks like someone tried to learn touch typing and there are sticky remains on the keytops, In addition, one arm of the paper arm (Literature Nobel Prize, I'll get it with this silly writing of mine) is missing, and maybe it's been dropped. But it works. No ribbon, though. I've squeezed a typeface sample with carbon paper.
- ETCetera 89. It contains an artice titled Typewriters in Spain with a timeline of the different Patria models
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Koniger Eurographic on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Koniger Serial Number page and the Koniger Eurographic By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.