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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo:
193X Iberia Standard

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193X Iberia Standard
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Status: My Collection
Created: 01-16-2015 at 06:17AM
Last Edit: 01-16-2015 at 06:20AM

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I love this typewriter. Period.

The Iberia is a powerful machine, a towering beast. Sadly, this one has seen better times. It´s been repaired by the best (the former assembly chief of the Olivetti plant in Barcelona), and that has brought it back to life. I acquired it in a very bad condition. Frozen carriage, rust, missing keys... But now it´s operative. Not at 100%, but it still can teach a thing or two to much newer typewriters.

Regardin the model, I am confused. In theory, I´ve been told it´s a copy of the Underwood Standard 3 (you can guess who told me), but the history of Iberia seems to point in another direction. I haven´t been able to check on the article on ETCetera nº 90 yet, though. By looking at it, the carriage looks "very Underwood", but the rest of the typewriter is somewhat different. The Contin C, which is the other candidate to be the reference, looks quite different.

Regarding the dates, I have no clue. Should be a 30´s machine, because when the Olivetti M40 kicked in it basically flooded the market. Nevertheless, I have an account of a man telling how he used one of these during his military service in the 50´s.

This means the Iberia is a rare machine, but not impossible to find. Sadly, most of them are very deteriorated, but having one of these is surely pays out.

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Javier Vazquez del Olmo
Username: Javi

The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.

Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...

Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.

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