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1978 Olympia SM9

Serial #5317123

A 1978 pica version of my 1972 elite SM9. Still a fine typer, but there are a couple of changes from the 1972 version. The unnecesary but lovely machined swirl pattern on the paper support is gone. Gone also is the red paint on the casting of the key lever pivot. Unnecessary embellishments but that gave a nice touch, and always gave me a little zing of pleasure and pride in my 1957 high school SM3. Gone, too, is the handy carriage lock lever from the left front of the keyboard, to become an unattractive lever sticking out from under the left end of the carriage.

Yes, still a very fine machine, but are these subtle signs of the beginning of an overall national slide away from pride in quality and integrity towards avarice?

No, of course not, I'm just a cranky old curmudgeon this evening.

Owned By: Anthony Mindling

Username: tmindling
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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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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