1970’s Working Erika 42 – New Ribbon, Case – Made in GDR (East Germany)
Working Erika 42 retro, manual portable typewriter in London, UK. After some research on the serial code, I concluded that it was manufactured in the early 1970’s. Regardless of such old age, the Erika machine works perfectly well! The comfortable and light keys are smooth when typing and it gives an even, enjoyable response. The backspace, carriage return lever, the bell, the shift keys, carriage lock, margin setters, ribbon colour switch, the carriage release lever, the paper guide and the paper release lever all work sharply as intended. This sturdy typewriter is fitted with a new black ribbon so you can type as soon as you get it, without any hassle. Also comes with the original case which has a comfortable handle.
The typewriter was made in the Eastern Germany. Erika typewriters were underestimated, unfairly in our opinion, and were not popular or considered a serious contender to other models made in Western Germany. But Erika typewriters deserve to be better appreciated as they sturdy, reliable and have an effortless feel when typing.
The overall condition is excellent. All of the keys work without sticking and the typewriter types evenly. Minor signs of use and age are present.
The Erika 42 retro typewriter would be ideal for writers and authors. It would also make a unique gift. Due to the style and the aesthetics of the Erika typewriter, it can be used for display purposes like home decor and events such as exhibitions. It appeals to all generations. This typewriter would be suitable for beginners who are learning to type.
The Erika 42 vintage typewriter is located in London, UK.