Will Davis's The Portable Typewriter Reference Site tells me, "The Erika line restarted after the war ... under the auspices of VEB Schreibmaschinenwerk Dresden, and was also restyled for 1950. This Erika 10 is an example of the new body style. These machines would prove to be the longest-lived design of East German portable, being redesigned in plastic bodies in 1963, and lasting in production through 1989." See http://machinesoflovinggrace.com/ptf/germany3.html
Not sure about the green spacebar on my Erika. A replacement, perhaps? Run out of brown stock? Should I leave it the way it is?
As for the Facit TP1 from yesterday ...
ADWOA: Hi. Not sure I know exactly what shade "Viking grey" is, but I couldn't agree more about the usual colour of the Facits. As with the Olivetti Dora-Underwood 310, I don't get the drab grey. But this one seems more a light fawn than a grey to me. A mild. pleasant colour. Apparently Facits really brightened up when Bjorn designed the later plastics. I have a contact looking for a bright yellow Facit electric semi-portable.
For a long while I couldn't work out what the shield was for, until I read the manual - of course! Yes, this little package had everything intact and hardly ever, if ever, used: the shield, the dust cover, the manual etc. So it was a little treasure chest.
It seems the company which became Facit and took over the Halda name kept making typewriters as Haldas until 1957-58, when they became Facits.
RICHARD: Yes, the shield was in the case with the dust cover, manual etc, all pretty much as new except for a few carbon paper smudges (impossible to shift!). Exactly what the shield was for had been well d truly baffled for a while.
GEORG: Seems we're on the same wavelength once more!