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GROMA  » KOLIBRI «  PORTABLE



SN = 557200
GROMA (1956)
Markersdorf bei Chemnitz
(East-)Germany
German QWERTZ keyboard
pica 10 cpi; 80 cpl
w. soft-plastic case
11 lbs ;   4.8 kg

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(1st) HISTORICAL REMARKS: Have you seen the movie » THE LIFE OF OTHERS « ???
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The »KOLIBRI« was part of the story...

PRESSURE ON THE "GDR" PEOPLE is shown by the  O R I G I N A L  DOCUMENTS ...

T R A N S L A T I O N :
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A Typewriter was sold on 11. Aug. 1957 / Color: ???silver / SN: 557200 /
BrandName: KOLIBRI / Price: 330 Mark / Item is not allowed to transport to
West-Berlin, to DBR (= Deutsche Bundes Republik = West-Germany ) or  to
foreign countries with the purpose to sell, as present, to lend, to rent or
to store. The illegal transport of this item out of the DDR (= East-Germany)
or the Democratic Sector of Berlin (= Ost-Berlin) to West-Germany or to
foreign countries will be penalized according actual laws. /
I have noted this / Signature of the buyer / ... / 

(2nd) HISTORICAL REMARKS:
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Source:  "Saechsische Schreibmaschinen"  typewriterschubert.magix.net/#Groma

Produced in » MASCHINENFABRIK G.F.GROSSER in MARKERSDORF «, the name "GROMA"
came from the owner's and town's letters.  L.F.Pascher was the inventer of a
small typewriter.  In 1934  GROMA  bought  the production rights  and made 
L.F.Pascher to its head. Because WWII, this small typewriter was never made,
but after WWII an improved  »GROMINA«  was launched.  In 1954 the  »KOLIBRI«
came on the market.  This SlimLine Portables were a hit  all over the world
because belonging to the smallest & lightest typewriters ever made.

Weight & Size of »KOLIBRI« & »GROMINA« are nearly equal - only inappropriate
H E A V Y   C A S E S   make a difference ...

» G R O M I N A «   vs.   H E R M E S  » B A B Y «
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KOLIBRI = 3.2 kg  + CASE (= Cardboard & Plastic ) = 1.3 / 1.6 kg = OhOh! 
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Compare it with the competitor  HERMES »BABY« - The KOLIBRI is lighter!
BUT with the CASE  ( ~ 1/3  of all !)  it is heavier on transport.

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