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1952 Optima Elite Serial # 716492 1952 Optima Elite typewriter, Serial # 716492 Jere Hyrsky's 1952 Optima Elite typewriter. 2024-06-16 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Jere Hyrsky: 1952 Optima Elite Serial # 716492 This machine is in excellent condition. Reads Olympia, but the serial number tells that it's an Optima. Interestingly, the Olympia logo is painted in the same colors as the original Optima logo would have been: silver with red edges. The Elite logo was probably painted over during this redecaling/refurbishment process. Unless I'm mistaken and the machine for some reason came out of the Optima factory looking like this.

The carrying case is currently missing, but the nice middle-aged couple who sold the machine to me said they should have it somewhere, and promised to let me know if they find it later.

Old standard Finnish QWERTY keyboard with Finnish language keys:
REUN = reunustavasteen vapauttaja = margin release
LUKKO = LOCK
VAIHTO = SHIFT
ASETT = perhaps from "aseta tab" (set tab)?

No apostrophe, which I would have liked to have for writing in English and for quotes within quotes etc.

It was very dusty inside from sitting decades on a shelf as a decoration piece, but after cleaning it up, it's a wonderful machine to type with, with a sharp and brisk feel to it, making fast typing feel very easy and natural. There is no carriage lock. The tabulator works nicely, and there is a lever behind the machine you have to flip if you want to delete your tab settings; a system which I have not seen before.

1952 Optima Elite #716492

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Jere Hyrsky (JJH)
Created: 06-01-2024 at 09:08PM
Last Edit: 06-16-2024 at 10:59AM


Description:

This machine is in excellent condition. Reads Olympia, but the serial number tells that it's an Optima. Interestingly, the Olympia logo is painted in the same colors as the original Optima logo would have been: silver with red edges. The Elite logo was probably painted over during this redecaling/refurbishment process. Unless I'm mistaken and the machine for some reason came out of the Optima factory looking like this.

The carrying case is currently missing, but the nice middle-aged couple who sold the machine to me said they should have it somewhere, and promised to let me know if they find it later.

Old standard Finnish QWERTY keyboard with Finnish language keys:
REUN = reunustavasteen vapauttaja = margin release
LUKKO = LOCK
VAIHTO = SHIFT
ASETT = perhaps from "aseta tab" (set tab)?

No apostrophe, which I would have liked to have for writing in English and for quotes within quotes etc.

It was very dusty inside from sitting decades on a shelf as a decoration piece, but after cleaning it up, it's a wonderful machine to type with, with a sharp and brisk feel to it, making fast typing feel very easy and natural. There is no carriage lock. The tabulator works nicely, and there is a lever behind the machine you have to flip if you want to delete your tab settings; a system which I have not seen before.

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Hunter: Jere Hyrsky (JJH)

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I want to spend less time on electronic devices, so I started doing my writing and translation work with pens and pencils, and now on typewriters as well. My intention is not to collect typewriters just for the sake of collecting them (although this is easier said than done!), but I want to actually use them for work and to learn how to maintain them myself. Will probably start getting rid of some of my machines after I figure out which ones I like the best.

Current favorite machine to use at home:
Erika Daro Mod. 41. Very smooth type action, except for the clunky backspace. Has an impressive set of features as well. We shall see if the wide-carriage Olympia SM9 will replace it once I get it cleaned up.

Current favorite ultra-portable to use outside of home:
Olivetti Lettera 32. This immediately replaced the Adler Tippa S as my go-to ultra-portable, although the Lettera 22 and the 4th gen Olympia SF de Luxe will probably see plenty of use as well. But yes, the Lettera is 32 a very good little machine indeed, and a pure pleasure to type with. I thought they might be overhyped, but after actually using one, I can say that they are not.



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