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1959 Olivetti Graphika Serial # 1808227 1959 Olivetti Graphika typewriter, Serial # 1808227 Paul Baars's 1959 Olivetti Graphika typewriter. 2021-05-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paul Baars: 1959 Olivetti Graphika Serial # 1808227 Fascinating machine, but very complicated and and with a heavy stroke. I bought it from a former Olivetti Netherlands employee who told me that Graphikas often had problems, so much so that the owners often had them converted to Lexicons who were more reliable. This one had a problem with the spacing. There are 3 levers operating the spacing mechanism, with springs and all. One of the springs was misplaced and the spacing mechanism operated always in uppercase-mode. Pfff - took a while to figure that out.
But the typing result is spectacular :-)

1959 Olivetti Graphika #1808227

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Paul Baars (paulbaars)
Created: 05-05-2021 at 01:44PM
Last Edit: 05-05-2021 at 01:54PM


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Fascinating machine, but very complicated and and with a heavy stroke. I bought it from a former Olivetti Netherlands employee who told me that Graphikas often had problems, so much so that the owners often had them converted to Lexicons who were more reliable. This one had a problem with the spacing. There are 3 levers operating the spacing mechanism, with springs and all. One of the springs was misplaced and the spacing mechanism operated always in uppercase-mode. Pfff - took a while to figure that out.
But the typing result is spectacular :-)

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Hunter: Paul Baars (paulbaars)

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1960. Forestry engineer and watchmaker by education. Working as IT guy (database and web) in the national office of an international NGO in Amsterdam.
Have always liked machines, mechanics and apparatus. Always fixing things.
And bird watcher. The tufted duck is one of my favorites.

Got infected with the typewriter virus about a year ago (end 2012) and discovered there is a lot on offer here in the Netherlands for reasonable prices. Storage space is becoming an issue :-)



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