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1969 Olympia Splendid 33

Serial #5-1195535

The guy who was selling this typewriter was quite fed up of not selling anything, and soon I found why: everything was extremely overpriced. After some haggling (and haggling with a gypsy can be EXTREMELY HARD), I finally got the machine at a reasonable price, taking into account it was damaged.

And then it was time to repair it. The former workshop chief at the Olivetti plant in Barcelona must have done some kind of dark magic with it, because it has become a truly spectacular typewriter. Very accurate and fast, with an easy feeling. I expected something more cumbersome seeing how it was in the first place, but now I can say it´s been worth every euro I paid for it and the repairs.

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Added a few photos more (side and back views). Incredible typewriter, the guys at Olympia managed to squeeze a big typewriter into this tiny little trinket.

Owned By: Javier Vazquez del Olmo

Username: Javi
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 4569
Galleries: 200
Collection: 181
Sightings: 19

The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.

Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...

Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.

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