I am accumulating mid-century portables whose design I like or that have an external history.
I can't seem to find a low-profile US-made and marketed portable. I have the Royal Safari but it loses by comparison with the others in my list (below), even the Olivetti Valentine. From my design POV at any rate.
I welcome suggestions for other models I should have, particularly the US. Typewriter design in the US seems to me to follow auto design of that time: bigger is better for the US buyer.
I have 5 Hermes (Swiss) - 1933, '37, '47, '62 Babys ( showing design changes as the classic postwar model developed) and a '62 Rocket, the replacement for the Baby.
2 Erikas a '38 S and a '52 9 (German)
1 Olivetti Lettera 22. '52 (Italian)
1 Olivetti Valentine '60 (?) A red heavy larger portable designed by Ettore Sottsass of Memphis* design group in Milan
1 @ Gössen Tippi, Gorma Kolibri, Cole-Steel,(German) ... all mid-fifties. The Kolibri was the hidden typewriter in "The Lives of Others" **
1 Brother '62 first low design in the States. Japanese and sold by Monkey-Ward under the Signature 100 label
1 Royal Safari '64. Looks like the styling on '50-'60 cars. the blue and white color scheme was on my Chevy BelAir. This is my only US Model.
1 Olympia MS9 early '60s - big and heavy but there is an interesting book *** featuring paintings of the typewriter in various moods. (German) You could pack for a long weekend in its' case.
I look forward to amy questions and/or suggestions.