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1957 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1053104 1957 Olympia SM3 typewriter, Serial # 1053104 Tansal Arnas's 1957 Olympia SM3 typewriter. 2019-08-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tansal Arnas: 1957 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1053104 Purchased from Gramercy Typewriter Co. in NYC on 21 June 2019. This was my third antique manual typewriter. I couldn't get this machine out of my mind and went back to the store two weeks later to buy it. It feels like driving a sports car: tight, sensitive, and a lot of fun to type on. It's the only typewriter I have where I feel like it improves my technique to use it. It's demanding in the best way because of how responsive it is.

1957 Olympia SM3 #1053104

Status: My Collection
Created: 08-04-2019 at 08:04PM
Last Edit: 08-04-2019 at 08:04PM


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Purchased from Gramercy Typewriter Co. in NYC on 21 June 2019. This was my third antique manual typewriter. I couldn't get this machine out of my mind and went back to the store two weeks later to buy it. It feels like driving a sports car: tight, sensitive, and a lot of fun to type on. It's the only typewriter I have where I feel like it improves my technique to use it. It's demanding in the best way because of how responsive it is.

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Hunter: Tansal Arnas (Tansal)

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I grew up in the generation that transitioned from analog to digital, so I had childhood experience using manual and electric typewriters before moving onto computers. In 2013, I started researching ultraportable antique manual typewriters. In 2016, I bought my first one, a Hermes Baby Featherweight. I loved the portability but learned that it's not very suited to long periods of writing. I intensified my research into medium-sized portables. In 2019, I purchased two exceptional typewriters, a Hermes 3000 and an Olympia SM3. I also excavated my grandfather's SM2 and had it professionally restored. For my birthday, I chased down several more Hermes and Olympia typewriters, each with a different body and typeface, bringing my current total to eight machines. I use them for journaling, letters, notes, and creative writing. I've tried other models but my favorites brands continue to be Hermes and Olympia, especially models from the '50s and '60s.



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