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1959 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1429955 1959 Olympia SM3 typewriter, Serial # 1429955 John Munroe's 1959 Olympia SM3 typewriter. 2017-12-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of John Munroe: 1959 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1429955 "Workhorse"

This rather pristine workhorse is now my mainstay typer at work. Needs some serious cleaning but looks beautiful in an office environment, meets my "solid, flawless output, German/French accents, pica typeface, clean reliable action, spiffy appearance" criteria.

Type sample says 1960, but 1959 is correct.

SOLD to Jia Laurence Lyu Dec. 12, 2017 in Shibuya.

1959 Olympia SM3 #1429955

Status: Sightings
Created: 04-03-2016 at 09:38PM
Last Edit: 12-12-2017 at 12:52AM


Description:

"Workhorse"

This rather pristine workhorse is now my mainstay typer at work. Needs some serious cleaning but looks beautiful in an office environment, meets my "solid, flawless output, German/French accents, pica typeface, clean reliable action, spiffy appearance" criteria.

Type sample says 1960, but 1959 is correct.

SOLD to Jia Laurence Lyu Dec. 12, 2017 in Shibuya.

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Haven't seen this agent before. Short-lived exclusive contract?
Haven't seen this agent before. Short-lived exclusive contract?

Why the elastics? The feet seem fine....
Why the elastics? The feet seem fine....

Nice metal spools. Not sure which is original but suspect the right.
Nice metal spools. Not sure which is original but suspect the right.

Perhaps the rubber bands have something to do with keeping the feet on? Or the slight bend in them? Curious.
Perhaps the rubber bands have something to do with keeping the feet on? Or the slight bend in them? Curious.





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From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.



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