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1960 Olympia SM4 Serial # 1637634 1960 Olympia SM4 typewriter, Serial # 1637634 Jana LaRue's 1960 Olympia SM4 typewriter. 2022-11-26 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Jana LaRue: 1960 Olympia SM4 Serial # 1637634 Incredibly smooth. Petite and elegant. The seafoam green color is gorgeous. The bell has a lovely chime. The script font is neat and charming.

This was an incredibly lucky find on my part. She was sitting on a table at a flea market and I went over to look (you know how it goes,) but had no specific intention to buy her. Then I saw that the price was $42.50... I examined her more closely. She was a little dingey but, still, $42.50? Something must be wrong with her... I noticed that the hammers were script and became even more suspicious. Someone had no idea what they had on their hands. I determined that they thought she "didn't work" because the carriage was not advancing... because the carriage lock was engaged... I snatched her up and took her home. I cleaned her up and she's a dream. I can't believe I got so lucky.

1960 Olympia SM4 #1637634

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Jana LaRue (janamlarue)
Created: 11-26-2022 at 12:08PM
Last Edit: 11-26-2022 at 04:01PM


Description:

Incredibly smooth. Petite and elegant. The seafoam green color is gorgeous. The bell has a lovely chime. The script font is neat and charming.

This was an incredibly lucky find on my part. She was sitting on a table at a flea market and I went over to look (you know how it goes,) but had no specific intention to buy her. Then I saw that the price was $42.50... I examined her more closely. She was a little dingey but, still, $42.50? Something must be wrong with her... I noticed that the hammers were script and became even more suspicious. Someone had no idea what they had on their hands. I determined that they thought she "didn't work" because the carriage was not advancing... because the carriage lock was engaged... I snatched her up and took her home. I cleaned her up and she's a dream. I can't believe I got so lucky.

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Photos:

front view
front view

detail view of hammers with the script typeface
detail view of hammers with the script typeface

this is what she looked like when I first got her home
this is what she looked like when I first got her home

After vigorous cleaning and a new ribbon
After vigorous cleaning and a new ribbon

Hunter: Jana LaRue (janamlarue)

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Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 58

Casual collector/enthusiast.



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