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1937 Olympia Diplomat Serial # 135667 1937 Olympia Diplomat typewriter, Serial # 135667 Brian Brumfield's 1937 Olympia Diplomat typewriter. 2015-12-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Brian Brumfield: 1937 Olympia Diplomat Serial # 135667 Just picked it up. Tab is stuck.

Distinctly German, has German keys, but a QWERTY layout. Perhaps a WWII war prize that was brought back and modified?

The @ / cent, $ / Pound, and 1/2 / 1/4 key tops look to be from a Remington portable, like a Model 5 Deluxe.

Single quotes are dead keys, and will create a caret character if typed in the same space.

As utterly filthy as this thing is; with paper fibers, dust bunnies, eraser and correction ribbon gunk everywhere, it types FLAWLESSLY in this condition. I've seen this level of neglect render Royal and Smith-Corona portables helpless. I am impressed.

1937 Olympia Diplomat #135667

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-26-2014 at 08:02PM
Last Edit: 12-10-2015 at 08:57AM


Description:

Just picked it up. Tab is stuck.

Distinctly German, has German keys, but a QWERTY layout. Perhaps a WWII war prize that was brought back and modified?

The @ / cent, $ / Pound, and 1/2 / 1/4 key tops look to be from a Remington portable, like a Model 5 Deluxe.

Single quotes are dead keys, and will create a caret character if typed in the same space.

As utterly filthy as this thing is; with paper fibers, dust bunnies, eraser and correction ribbon gunk everywhere, it types FLAWLESSLY in this condition. I've seen this level of neglect render Royal and Smith-Corona portables helpless. I am impressed.

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You can see that the @ $ and 1/4 keys are not original. Probably modified when the Y and Z were swapped. The type slugs for the @ $ and 1/4 keys are also different.
You can see that the @ $ and 1/4 keys are not original. Probably modified when the Y and Z were swapped. The type slugs for the @ $ and 1/4 keys are also different.

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Detail of the key caps - the three foreign (Remington?) caps.
Detail of the key caps - the three foreign (Remington?) caps.

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