1943 Olympia Robust #470745
Created: 09-24-2016 at 07:52PM
Last Edit: 09-24-2016 at 08:20PM
I found this WWII German army typewriter on the floor of a local shop in an open case. The heavy duty wooden case appears original and is well padded with thick felt. A machine diagram and brief instructions are pasted inside the case.
This machine has an intact SS rune key and type slug. It has a QWERTY keyboard. Perhaps this is the war booty of a US soldier who had the Z and Y placement switched when he returned to the states.
The serial number is stamped on the bottom back rail of the typewriter and also on the right lower carriage rail.
I am not sure of the function of the âfront panel slideâ¯ (âschieber im Frontblechâ¯) on the top of the machine. It may be a shield to protect the internal mechanics out in the field.
The dark colored segment could possibly be bakelite.
- OzTypewriter's post about the Olympia Robust
- Writelephant's post about the Olympia Robust
- Post about the Olympia Robust on my typewriter blog
- PDF of Olympia Robust machine diagram and instruction sheet
Hunter: Mary Echevarria (Mech)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I'm a novice collector with a very small collection of mostly nonfunctional typewriters. I enjoy tinkering and repairs, so I am slowly but surely putting these typewriters back into service.
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