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1961 Olympia SM7 Serial # 1899057 1961 Olympia SM7 typewriter, Serial # 1899057 Tansal Arnas's 1961 Olympia SM7 typewriter. 2019-08-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tansal Arnas: 1961 Olympia SM7 Serial # 1899057 Purchased from eBay on 24 July 2019. This was my eighth antique manual typewriter. This is the fourth of four machines I sought out specifically for its unique typeface. I had tried out a Techno Pica Hermes 3000 at Gramercy Typewriter Co. in NYC, and I prefer the elite version of this typeface offered by Olympia. (Apologies, my finger accidentally reached for the 1 where the = key was instead of the lowercase L that serves as a 1 on this machine, hence the weirdness in the No. 71. Also, it's actually 11 cpi, not 10. I'll have to retype this sometime.)

1961 Olympia SM7 #1899057

Status: My Collection
Created: 08-04-2019 at 09:01PM
Last Edit: 08-04-2019 at 09:04PM


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Purchased from eBay on 24 July 2019. This was my eighth antique manual typewriter. This is the fourth of four machines I sought out specifically for its unique typeface. I had tried out a Techno Pica Hermes 3000 at Gramercy Typewriter Co. in NYC, and I prefer the elite version of this typeface offered by Olympia. (Apologies, my finger accidentally reached for the 1 where the = key was instead of the lowercase L that serves as a 1 on this machine, hence the weirdness in the No. 71. Also, it's actually 11 cpi, not 10. I'll have to retype this sometime.)

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Hunter: Tansal Arnas (Tansal)

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I grew up in the generation that transitioned from analog to digital, so I had childhood experience using manual and electric typewriters before moving onto computers. In 2013, I started researching ultraportable antique manual typewriters. In 2016, I bought my first one, a Hermes Baby Featherweight. I loved the portability but learned that it's not very suited to long periods of writing. I intensified my research into medium-sized portables. In 2019, I purchased two exceptional typewriters, a Hermes 3000 and an Olympia SM3. I also excavated my grandfather's SM2 and had it professionally restored. For my birthday, I chased down several more Hermes and Olympia typewriters, each with a different body and typeface, bringing my current total to eight machines. I use them for journaling, letters, notes, and creative writing. I've tried other models but my favorites brands continue to be Hermes and Olympia, especially models from the '50s and '60s.



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