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1956 Optima Elite 3

Serial #954926

Global positioning gone wonky? GDR orientation relative to Japan perhaps? :-)

Typewriter Number 50!!


This cool slab of pristine GDR typetech is the fabulous parting gift of Jordi Vollom, who shipped it to me without a word as he and his beautiful family departed Japan. Every fiber in my being wants to travel back through time to urge the brilliant architects and technicians of this masterpiece of design and engineering to "go west, while you can!"

Jordi, you are a gentleman and a scholar. I hold this one for you in trust.

Owned By: John Munroe

Username: jamunroe
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.

1956 Optima Elite 3 Type Sample


1956 Optima Elite 3 Photo Gallery

Not sure why these are sideways. They are oriented correctly on my Mac.

Global positioning gone wonky? GDR orientation relative to Japan perhaps? :-)

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