I bought this recently as I had been looking for one for some time. It's a 1953 Groma Gromina DDR typewriter, which is the slimmest, flattest machine ever made. It was a real favourite with both sides of the cold war as it's so portable and easy to carry around, yet was a fully functional, high quality machine. This typewriter is the predecessor of the Groma Kolibri, which whilst somewhat similar, was not as small or as neat. The 2007 film "The Lives Of Other's" featured one of these. The Kolibri is sought after today too, but not as rare as the Gromina. The typewriter works as well today as when it was made and the carry case has a wonderfully simple one click shut mechanism that is a marvel of simple, effective engineering that needs to be seen to appreciate. I like rare and unusual antiques and this is one piece I'm delighted to have acquired.