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1957 Olympia SM3 Serial # 996458 1957 Olympia SM3 typewriter, Serial # 996458 Ursula Sadiq's 1957 Olympia SM3 typewriter. 2023-09-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ursula Sadiq: 1957 Olympia SM3 Serial # 996458 The first typewriter I actually spent $ on $25! It's a German made Olympia SM 3 from 1957. It was found in an abandoned storage unit, or so the lady who sold it to me said when I picked it up at the local Taco Bell. The platen is hard, the ribbon lift sometimes doesn't return to resting between characters, the A key sometimes sticks, and I need to adjust the shift lock height. Despite all this it types really well. Once I figure out how to rehab the case, I expect it will become one of my primary road machines.

1957 Olympia SM3 #996458

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Ursula Sadiq (Ursula)
Created: 09-04-2023 at 11:40AM
Last Edit: 09-04-2023 at 11:43AM


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The first typewriter I actually spent $ on $25! It's a German made Olympia SM 3 from 1957. It was found in an abandoned storage unit, or so the lady who sold it to me said when I picked it up at the local Taco Bell. The platen is hard, the ribbon lift sometimes doesn't return to resting between characters, the A key sometimes sticks, and I need to adjust the shift lock height. Despite all this it types really well. Once I figure out how to rehab the case, I expect it will become one of my primary road machines.

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Yes I torn it down before I understood that I just needed to replace the washers to stop the carriage from  dragging
Yes I torn it down before I understood that I just needed to replace the washers to stop the carriage from dragging





Hunter: Ursula Sadiq (Ursula)

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So it was the winter of 2023 and I found three typewriters in my basement. (I knew they were there, but I hadn't thought about them in years). So I pulled them out and fell in love with all things manual typewriter. In short order my aunt gifted me 2 more, a cousin set 3 my way, various friends were happy to unload typewriters from their attics & garages to my Home for Wayward Typewriters. ... So now, spring of 2023 I have a collection of 13 typewriters, in various stages of functionality, I have intent to fix them all, starting any day now. . . meanwhile, I am learning and documenting and dreaming



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