1961 Olympia SG1 #7-796597
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-26-2019 at 10:28AM
Last Edit: 07-26-2019 at 10:32AM
1961 Olympia SG-1, Serial #7-796597. Congress Elite 11 typeface.
This was an Ebay purchase, and has proven to be everything I'd hoped for.
Accurate, reliable, built like a bank vault and types a bit like one too. Perhaps that's too harsh of a description-the action is very good, but a bit ponderous- takes time rather than effort to get the typeslugs moving, and more time to get them to return. This doesn't mean it's slow- it seldom jams in normal typing. Rather it means, that much like a Royal, it has a pace it wants to move at. The difference between it and the Royal, apart from the solidity, lift off carriage, paper injector, five position ribbon color selector, line half spacing, escapement double spacing and all, is that the escapement is almost always spot-on, never jumbling words or missing a spacebar strike.
The Congress Elite 11 typeface is amazing- thick, legible, chunky, almost bold, but designed in such a way as backspacing and overtyping is nearly invisible in a lot of cases due to how the letters are shaped.
This would be my desert island typewriter-if its weight didn't sink the island.
Hunter: Andrew Wyderka (2typerightly)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I like standards, but will take what strikes my fancy, even if it doesn't strike the Platen.
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