Since more and more people know I collect typewriters, some of them started to ask me which models I collect in case they stumble upon them. My current collection mainly exists of glass key (pre-50’s) portables. So, if I have to guess, any small lightweight glass key typewriter will do! Especcially if they are German.
To make this a teeny tiny bit easier, I’ve enlisted some of them below:
* Torpedo portable typewriter 12 (or early 14) from around 1925. This machine is so damn cute! I just need to have one. Preferably including this emblem.
* Seidel and Naumann Erika 3, also a three bank typewriter, designed in 1922. I already have the Erika 5, but I like it a lot so I probably won’t be able to refuse this one.
* Stoewer Elite portable (K1?), another small German three bank typewriter. This one is designed in 1912.
* Folding Perkeo or Bijou-Erika. Both look a lot like the Corona 3, but are German. And since I have an unexplainable desire to own all small German portables, this is one I certainly need for my collection.
* Klein-Adler 2, a four bank, German typewriter, designed in 1920’s. Also easily recognizable since it has a closed body. You can’t see the type bars doing their job when you’re typing.
* Rofa 2 or 4, a downstrike machine, designed in 1921. I don’t expect to find this for a reasonable price, but since Germany is right around the corner, I might surprise myself one day.
* Certainly without my price range, so the ultimate holy grail: a 3-bank Meteor…
Of course there are a lot of other portable machines to be found. If you think you have something interesting for me, give me a call, send me an e-mail or let me know otherwise.