19XX Condor portable #615740
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-16-2020 at 04:18PM
Last Edit: 02-16-2020 at 04:20PM
I am not quite sure about this typewriter being part of the Minerva brand, just IÂ´ve found in the Typewriter Database the following information: "The Minerva was delivered for different distributors in different countries with many bradnames : Alfa, Artus, Borgo II, CONDOR, Deutschland, Diamond, Hacabo,Hebronia, Heroine, Kamo, Lemco, Libia, Lusta, Mafra, Mercurius, Meteco, Monopol, Progress, Regent, Revolution, Rival, Roland,Sarafan, Thueringen B, Waterloo and others." ("others"? OMG!)
IMHO this low budget low quality typewriter is a typical product of Japan after WWII, when the struggle to survive was strong and the chances were poor ones. In those days "Made in Japan" just represented a bad copy of occidental products, and no more than this.
Even the name is a little bit funny, a condor with the image of the huge south american Andes bird of prey. Nothing to do with Japan.
One of the worst quality typewriters in my collection, and (well, this is not a surprise at all) the first in the Typewriter Database (for many years on, I guess).
Hunter: Guillermo Fernandez Boan (ORTBRAKER)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Argentinian lawyer resident in Buenos Aires city.
For half a century, enthusiast typist. Now enthusiast typewriter hunter.
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