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1972 Olympia SM9 #4236821


I've got a thing for Olympias - might have something to so with the fact that an SM3 was my high school sweetheart. I find that even on the this SM9, about 15 years newer, my fingers still know automatically where to go to find the button to pop up Olympia's cool paper support, the margin release, the carriage lock, the margin settings.

I love the simple margin settings, by the way. I know the Hermes 3000 is the paragon of portables, but I have to find the manual every time I use it. The margin settings? Give me a break! I know - so simple when you catch on, but by the time I've rotated through the twelve or so typers I use for daily correspondence and get back to the 3000, my sieve of a brain has lost the whole concept. OK, I'm taking my cranky self to bed now.

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Hunter: Anthony Mindling (tmindling)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 575

Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.

I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.

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