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1933 Olympia 7 Serial # 187899 1933 Olympia 7 typewriter, Serial # 187899 Mark Schrad's 1933 Olympia 7 typewriter. 2021-01-02 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Schrad: 1933 Olympia 7 Serial # 187899 This 1933 Olympia 7 sat around on Craigslist in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for a LONG time, because it was in really rough shape, and the pictures in the listing gave little hint as to what it actually was. As best I can piece together, this was a war trophy brought home from Germany after WWII. Stateside, the typewriter was professionally "anglicized," switching from German QWERTZ to English QWERTY. But instead of changing the key legends, they just placed rubber or plastic keytop cushions on top. Those cushions somehow melted over time, making the entire thing look atrocious. So I bought it in September 2019 in Ephrata, PA, and immediately got to work cleaning it, inside and out. And beneath the crusty, melty keytops were the original glass-topped German keys! The only problem now, after cleaning up the machine, is that the German key legends don't match the English key slugs. But I'm kind of okay with that.

1933 Olympia 7 #187899

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mark Schrad (MLSchrad)
Created: 01-02-2021 at 06:01PM
Last Edit: 01-02-2021 at 06:01PM


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This 1933 Olympia 7 sat around on Craigslist in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for a LONG time, because it was in really rough shape, and the pictures in the listing gave little hint as to what it actually was. As best I can piece together, this was a war trophy brought home from Germany after WWII. Stateside, the typewriter was professionally "anglicized," switching from German QWERTZ to English QWERTY. But instead of changing the key legends, they just placed rubber or plastic keytop cushions on top. Those cushions somehow melted over time, making the entire thing look atrocious. So I bought it in September 2019 in Ephrata, PA, and immediately got to work cleaning it, inside and out. And beneath the crusty, melty keytops were the original glass-topped German keys! The only problem now, after cleaning up the machine, is that the German key legends don't match the English key slugs. But I'm kind of okay with that.

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Professor of Political Science and Director of Russian Area Studies at Villanova University. Writes about alcohol politics, Russia, and international law when not refurbishing old typewriters.



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