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1987 Erika 105 Serial # 7666363 1987 Erika 105 typewriter, Serial # 7666363 Gary Wann's 1987 Erika 105 typewriter. 2019-02-20 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Gary Wann: 1987 Erika 105 Serial # 7666363 I wasn't looking for this Erika Model 105, but it was so cheap and in such good condition I couldn't leave it behind - the same old story! This is probably one of my 'youngest' machines being made in East Germany in 1987. Overall appearance in uninspiring, having a fairly bland plastic case and even a plastic base. However, the mechanics are typical solid East German and the typewriter is actually quite heavy. The type quality is very good and the keyboard feel, whilst not being particularly special, certainly feels much nicer than my 1970's Smith Corona XL but not as nice as the Olympia Traveller de Luxe S which is also a 1980's machine. No key tension setting, but a 4-position ribbon setting with the usual red/black/stencil and a 'mid' position to make full use of a single colour ribbon. This is a 'basket shift' machine and the character alignment is good.

In summary, a functional typewriter producing good quality type, but nothing special.

1987 Erika 105 #7666363

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Gary Wann (Ruyton)
Created: 02-20-2019 at 06:53AM
Last Edit: 02-20-2019 at 07:33AM


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I wasn't looking for this Erika Model 105, but it was so cheap and in such good condition I couldn't leave it behind - the same old story! This is probably one of my 'youngest' machines being made in East Germany in 1987. Overall appearance in uninspiring, having a fairly bland plastic case and even a plastic base. However, the mechanics are typical solid East German and the typewriter is actually quite heavy. The type quality is very good and the keyboard feel, whilst not being particularly special, certainly feels much nicer than my 1970's Smith Corona XL but not as nice as the Olympia Traveller de Luxe S which is also a 1980's machine. No key tension setting, but a 4-position ribbon setting with the usual red/black/stencil and a 'mid' position to make full use of a single colour ribbon. This is a 'basket shift' machine and the character alignment is good.

In summary, a functional typewriter producing good quality type, but nothing special.

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Hunter: Gary Wann (Ruyton)

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