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  1. Hayley
    Hayley August 16, 2013 at 21:57 | | Reply

    I have an ‘Erika’ typewriter and I have been searching the internet for years, trying to find some information on this typewriter.
    I have found so much conflicting information, as the serial number seems to refer to the Model 5, but the serial number doesn’t have a 5 after, and there is no #5 on the machine.
    But I found your blog, and read the description of your machine – and it is sounds EXACTLY the same – 4 rows, no tab, no number 1 or 0, and it’s a QWERTY keyboard!
    This is the only site I have found a description even similar to the machine I have, and I would love to speak to you more or even exchange photos if you still have the typewriter?
    I really hope to hear back from you – I’d really like to know more and you are my best bet so far!
    Many thanks in advance
    Hayley Coggins (Bristol, UK)

  2. jfberth
    jfberth October 31, 2013 at 22:16 | | Reply

    Dear contributors (and apparently fans of collection typewriters), I realized today how old was an Erika model I got in a bazar some time ago. It presents a very nice condition, yet seems to have some mechanical issues.
    I guess I would need to visit a specialist or get a technical booklet/manual to get through the repairs…
    If youdo have one to share or are an expert, I can ask you more specifically the issues !
    Thanks in advance.
    JF Berth

  3. Rosie
    Rosie April 20, 2015 at 21:14 | | Reply

    So glad I came across your blog. We found an old typewriter in our basement as we were packing, it’s from my in-laws. Is there any way I can send you a picture? The markings are as follows: Naumann Erika 5 Tab, A.-G. vorm Seidel & Naumann-Dresden. I can see an engraved numerical marking inside to the right side of the space bar. There are German words on the caps & caps lock (Umschalt & Fest-Steller respectively), the backspace (Rück transport), there is no zero and the “z” key and “y” keys are in each other’s spot if comparing to a US typewriter. It also is in a black leather carrying case but Handel is separated due to age. Any info would be much appreciated. I can send pics but need to know where to send.

  4. Scott O.
    Scott O. October 4, 2015 at 01:04 | | Reply

    I came across your blog while searching for info about Seidel & Naumann and the company’s support of the German war effort in WWII. What is the source of the translated material you quoted? I’d like to see if it offers additional info on the company during the 1930s-1940s. I like my Erika’s and agree that quality was always a priority.

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