this year goes to eleven.

If you have any interest in obscure writing machinery, check out this auction for a Groma Kolibri on the ‘bay. 

The Groma Kolibri is a super-flat and small travel typewriter, made back in East Germany exclusively for export to Western countries.  It’s just about the flattest typewriter ever made, and examples in nice condition are pretty rare.  A Kolibri with red ink ribbon was a pivotal plot device in the excellent German film “Das Leben der Anderen” (The Lives of Others).  I’d love to add one to my small collection of functional typewriters some day, but Kolibris generally sell for way more than I can swing out of the Frivolous Toys fund most of the time. 

We had a slow and quiet weekend here at Castle Frostbite, which is pretty much our preferred way to spend those.  Happy 2011 to you all, and may it suck less than 2010 did.


One thought on “this year goes to eleven.

  1. Chad says:

    As soon as I saw the name in your post, the first thought in my head was the typewriter under the floor in that great movie.

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