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1961 Olympia SM4 Serial # 1796814 1961 Olympia SM4 typewriter, Serial # 1796814 Dan Johnson's 1961 Olympia SM4 typewriter. 2014-06-25 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1961 Olympia SM4 Serial # 1796814 Beautifully restored by Bert Rosica who I had the pleasure of visiting. He does remarkable work and freely shared his passion and knowledge. (He does some of the restorations for mytypewriter.com.)

This bejeweled beauty is, unsurprisingly, my new favorite machine. (I say "bejeweled" because Bert even polishes the screw heads.) And I love chocolate.

Evidently this machine was manufactured the same year I was!

Edit: thanks to Uwe Wachtendorf and Brian Brumfield for correcting my earlier mis-identification of this as an SM3. The tab controls adjacent to the spacebar and the configuration of the ribbon holder/vibrator assembly are clear differentiators! (See the link below to the detailed "Stroke & Bore" article for many more details.)

1961 Olympia SM4 #1796814

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-17-2014 at 05:15AM
Last Edit: 06-25-2014 at 08:13AM


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Beautifully restored by Bert Rosica who I had the pleasure of visiting. He does remarkable work and freely shared his passion and knowledge. (He does some of the restorations for mytypewriter.com.)

This bejeweled beauty is, unsurprisingly, my new favorite machine. (I say "bejeweled" because Bert even polishes the screw heads.) And I love chocolate.

Evidently this machine was manufactured the same year I was!

Edit: thanks to Uwe Wachtendorf and Brian Brumfield for correcting my earlier mis-identification of this as an SM3. The tab controls adjacent to the spacebar and the configuration of the ribbon holder/vibrator assembly are clear differentiators! (See the link below to the detailed "Stroke & Bore" article for many more details.)

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Some differences between an SM3 and an SM4: (1) addition of tab-clear lever; (2) different ribbon holder/vibrator configuration; (3) full-thickness tab key (SM4); (4) tab set control adjacent to spacebar (SM4) vs. a fixed number of discrete tab settings on rear (SM3).
Some differences between an SM3 and an SM4: (1) addition of tab-clear lever; (2) different ribbon holder/vibrator configuration; (3) full-thickness tab key (SM4); (4) tab set control adjacent to spacebar (SM4) vs. a fixed number of discrete tab settings on rear (SM3).

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