1956 Olympia SF #5-4295
Status: My Collection
Created: 01-23-2020 at 12:20PM
Last Edit: 01-23-2020 at 01:01PM
This Olympia SF is interesting because it is from 1956, the year in which production started and 4862 specimens were produced, according to the data of the Typewriter Database.
Many details are specific to the models that came out of the new factory in the first months of production, such as the paper support, the platen knobs, the wrinkle paint used for the SM and SG models and the indexes for the margins setting.
The SF model evolved rapidly in the first production period with the introduction of many modifications that affected not only the external part, but also the chassis and mechanics. Overall, although this SF seems at first sight identical to a Splendid 33 of the early sixties, in fact it is a different machine.
Practically all Olympia SF / SF DeLuxe / Splendid ultraportable have had problems related to the anti-noise foam used to cover the body panels; being the foam in contact with the mechanics and retaining the humidity it causes the appearance of rust and oxydation stains.
Furthermore, after decades it tends to become friable and to turn into dust that covers all the mechanics. This machine was no exception, and as you can see it had to be dismantled in order to be able to clean it thoroughly. The foam was then reproduced with a more suitable material (felt).
In addition to cleaning, oiling and lubrication, it was necessary to correct the alignment of the uppercase and lowercase letters (motion).
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Interested in historic motoring and vintage cars, I received a typewriter as a bonus when I bought and old off-road car. The previous owner had found somewhere a typewriter produced for the German army and when he sold me the car he gave me the typewriter too. As I learned later, it was a1961 Olympia SM7 Robust..
Of the typewriters I value more character than perfection, the signs that time has left and the stories - or fragments of stories - of those who used them ...
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