1957 Optima P1 #247828
Created: 01-14-2016 at 12:33AM
Last Edit: 02-27-2017 at 10:21PM
This typewriter is a real stunner, but sadly it's a bit of a nightmare to use because the touch is unpleasant. It's hard and wooden; my aunt, who worked in a typing pool back in the day, found it quite impossible to touch-type with.
Curious that this typewriter came from East Germany and yet it has a dollar key. I wonder if it had some exciting diplomatic use in its past life - then again it might be stock standard and I'm romanticising it like a fool.
I am fascinated by products exported from the DDR, and I only recently found out what all the symbols on the backs of East German typewriters meant. If you're clueless like me, Google 'gütezeichen' - they're quality marks! I have no idea if it exists, but I would be so excited to read documentation of what all the code numbers found along with the marks mean. Make/model/factory designations, perhaps?
And in yet another round of 'answer Nick's amateur typewriter questions', any ideas about what the â key means? I've found a reference to its use in Spanish and Portuguese to indicate item pricing which I've linked below, but that just seems so unlikely for a typewriter that had never left the DDR before I bought it.
This typewriter is no longer in my collection, having been sold.
Hunter: Nick Winter (winter)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Possibly the most amateur typewriter collector ever? Uni student located in Sydney, AUS. The amount of storage I have is a constant problem as I try to keep feeding my addiction...