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1959 Olympia SM3

Serial #1430180

"Green Hornet"

Only 125 machines later than my other green European keyboard SM3 purchased from the same Japanese seller, these virtually identical machines were surely part of a volume office buy back in the day. Gave it a serious cleaning and new washers as with most early SM machines, but this one is in great shape (other than a rather beat-up but still serviceable case) and a great buy! I permitted this one to be wrested from my grasp and it has gone to a loving home in Osaka.

Sighted 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.

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