One month ago, I won a bid on Ebay for this beautiful Erika 5. Not only is the machine in stellar condition, but it has an italic typeface (a first for me). The case, likewise, is in excellent condition. Having come from Germany, it was held up in customs in New York for quite some time, and I couldn’t help but wonder if security was beefed up because my mail goes through the same post office as the letter bombs from that Florida nut who mailed bombs to politicians. In any case, I picked up the package today, having missed the delivery on Friday. I naturally was very worried about such a long trek for this machine. I knew the seller would expertly package it, but the postal service isn’t always careful–especially near the holidays. Well, it was so well packaged that it could handle just about any carelessness. Marvel at this packaging:
Now marvel at this beauty unveiled:
The stained keys go very well with the body’s color. The serial number dates it at 1934. The italic typeface is wonderfully quirky–or qwertzy, in this case. Best of all, I have little to no cleaning to do and the keys and slugs work smoothly. Most of my typewriters come from local hunts. I happily made an exception for this Erika.