1959 Olympia SG1 #7-439203
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-01-2018 at 05:38PM
Last Edit: 02-01-2018 at 05:39PM
This SG1 was a shopgoodwill.com find - I paid $22.98 plus shipping and tax, which worked out to a little over $50 (not uncommon for a remote typewriter purchase to result in paying more for shipping than for the machine, especially with a standard typewriter). I have to commend Goodwill Industries of the Sacramento Valley for a great packing job - it's a crapshoot when buying online from non-typewriter people, and they came through with a well-padded, enormous box.
It's not perfect, but everything works and works well - no sticking keys, paper injector is fine, no dents or dings, just some cleaning I could stand to do when I get some time. The removable carriage makes it easy to get inside and clean, but be careful when detaching or re-attaching - I bobbled mine and overextended (for lack of a better term) one of the plastic card guides, breaking a spring, which has since been replaced.
This one has the Senatorial or "Robot" typeface, which is supposed to be rare, but I've run into it quite frequently - this SG1, a parts SG1 that I had for a while, and my SM4 all had this same font.
Overall, it's a beast to move and imposing to have on my desk, but a joy to use, like any really good standard typewriter. And a steal for the price!
Hunter: Carl Clark (cfclark)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Just keeping the supply of shelf space ahead of the accumulation of typewriters (ten so far). Still seeking the elusive Olivetti Studio 42.
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