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1957 Olympia SG1S Serial # 7-228231 1957 Olympia SG1S typewriter, Serial # 7-228231 Tas Kyprianou's 1957 Olympia SG1S typewriter. 2023-06-01 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 1957 Olympia SG1S Serial # 7-228231 I bought this on behalf of a friend from Facebook marketplace and had a lot of fun cleaning it out, restoring it, and tuning it for him. I found this SG1 a joy to work on and considering the state I picked it up in, it is now almost fully functional - the double spacing mechanism is a little erratic, it's still missing the RHS platen knob and of course the ever-elusive perspex paper support. I'd heard SO much about these beasts. Nearly all of it proved to be true with this example. Fast, precise, solid typers with excellent alignment and built to last. Had I not managed to luckily pick up a Halda 7 Star a week or so later I would have probably been on the search for my own SG1. Like many of the larger desktops, they can be found for a song. Look out for them if you fancy a bargain and a machine that effortlessly loves to type.

1957 Olympia SG1S #7-228231

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 01-16-2023 at 03:56PM
Last Edit: 06-01-2023 at 12:48AM


Description:

I bought this on behalf of a friend from Facebook marketplace and had a lot of fun cleaning it out, restoring it, and tuning it for him. I found this SG1 a joy to work on and considering the state I picked it up in, it is now almost fully functional - the double spacing mechanism is a little erratic, it's still missing the RHS platen knob and of course the ever-elusive perspex paper support. I'd heard SO much about these beasts. Nearly all of it proved to be true with this example. Fast, precise, solid typers with excellent alignment and built to last. Had I not managed to luckily pick up a Halda 7 Star a week or so later I would have probably been on the search for my own SG1. Like many of the larger desktops, they can be found for a song. Look out for them if you fancy a bargain and a machine that effortlessly loves to type.

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Carriage pops off in a jiffy with the twist of the two knobs on the side.
Carriage pops off in a jiffy with the twist of the two knobs on the side.












87 slug code = Elite
87 slug code = Elite

Very Hermes 3000esque segment shape
Very Hermes 3000esque segment shape






Like Star Trek this thing transports paper effortlessly into the platen.
Like Star Trek this thing transports paper effortlessly into the platen.

Double space function is erratic. Not had time to investigate.
Double space function is erratic. Not had time to investigate.

LOVE these red markings on the margin locks.
LOVE these red markings on the margin locks.







Carriage assembly has a different serial to the body. Not sure if this is normal.
Carriage assembly has a different serial to the body. Not sure if this is normal.


Filled with perished crumbling foam.
Filled with perished crumbling foam.



Original feet show the machine had little real use.
Original feet show the machine had little real use.

Paper injector line spacing selector
Paper injector line spacing selector

Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

Tas Kyprianou's Typewriter Galleries [ My Collection ] [ My Sightings ]

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 4045

UK member with Greek Cypriot heritage, living in London.
Relatively new to the hobby - My first machine was an Everest Mod 90 that I bought after watching a Violet Evergarden anime in December 2021.
My collection now consists of 40 machines. Nice round number. Time to stop I reckon. . .

My absolute favourite remains (just) my 1939 Royal KMM. For me, it's both the prettiest and the "warmest" to type on. It has "Majik" (with a nod to Sandy1)
I count my blessings that I am lucky enough to have amassed such a beautiful bunch.



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