1958 Olympia SM3 #1233833
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-25-2014 at 03:23PM
Last Edit: 07-25-2014 at 03:24PM
My current workhorse for writing.
Nicknamed "Southpaw" because she's missing the left platen knob.
Could use some restoration, but everything is incredibly minor and knit-picky. Works wonderfully. Addictive and very fast. I clock in faster on this typewriter than I do on a laptop keyboard for whatever reason.
Previous owner/seller sprayed what I suspect was WD40 on it and the result was that the distinctive red in the De Luxe etching on the segment came totally free. The letter 'a' is a tad higher than all of the rest -- the rest are level with each other.
Typeface is a kind of Pica. When comparing to the NOMDA scans, the W and M are shared with Diamond as their peaks are all aligned. Definitely 10 pitch.
Hunter: William Tedeschi (Baekgu)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I began using typewriters when I realized that digital workflow really didn't work too well for me. I write almost all of my drafts longhand with a fountain pen (my first love) then type out after via a typewriter.
Typewriters, to me, can be split into two grades like fountain pens: user and collector. All of my typewriters are certainly user grade! That doesn't mean they're ratty, it just means they're not mint condition. :-) I'm a user more than a collector and the typewriters I own (as with my pens) were purchased because of their draw. Portables are my cup of tea as desktop models are... kinda unsightly beasts. I also tend to lug one around!
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