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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Rosenzweig:
195X Optima Plana

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195X Optima Plana
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Status: My Collection
Created: 03-13-2014 at 01:14PM
Last Edit: 03-13-2014 at 01:14PM

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Originally made by Olympia in its Erfurt factory before World War II, this flat typewriter continued to be made after the war at the factory, which was then in East Germany and which produced Optima machines. Indeed, some versions of this are labelled Optima Plana. This typewriter is fairly flat for one with a full tabulator. The tab set key is the round button to the left of the space bar, the tab key is the round button to the right of the space bar, and the tab clear is the key on the right of the keyboard with a - on it. Machine likely was made around 1952-1955. in East Germany.

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Mark Rosenzweig
Username: MarkR

I have collected typewriters since the early 1970s. My first collectible machine was a Mignon, but I also had everyday typers then, first a Voss ST-24 and an Olivetti Praxis 48, and then a Hermes 3000 and a Hermes 10. Over the last decade or so, I've turned my focus from early machines (Lambert, Blickensderfer, Hammond, Smith-Premier, etc.) to portables.

Besides typewriters, I also am avid about Studebakers, and have had a 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk since 1979.