1961 Optima T3 #1177658
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-25-2019 at 09:13AM
Last Edit: 01-07-2020 at 09:43PM
I was thrilled to find this machine at a charity auction in a small town in Missouri. Spotted the case in a lot of very used luggage and managed to take a very brief sneak peek into the case when no one was looking. Purchased the whole lot (as luggage) for a great price. Was even more delighted to find (post auction) that it typed perfectly, having been thoroughly cleaned. All features worked properly AND it seems to have a NEW platen. Only issue was that the plastic card guides were extremely oxidized making them very yellow and opaque (this can be seen in some of the gallery photos, below). But I was able to sand and polish these to become clear (as seen in the main photo, above). I'm calling this a T3 because it came with the original manual which has many photos of this kind of machine which was probably also sold under different model names. Although the T3 is not a listed model for Optima in the default TWDB models list, it is included in the serial numbers listing which suggests that this machine was produced late in 1961, the final production year.
Hunter: Paul Seitz (pstype)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
After too many rapid cross country moves, I realized suddenly that my c. 1964 Hermes 3000 was missing - lost or stolen at some point in a move. I'd bought that machine new from a shop as I entered high school, did all my homework on it, typed all my college research papers and my Master's thesis on it, but gradually used it less and less over the years. Still, the sudden realization that it was gone felt like a really significant loss, which puzzled me. Wondering why I was so moved by the loss of something I hadn't actually used in years, I began to get more and more interested in typewriters and the many layers of stories each seems to accumulate. I started to learn a little - just enough to have a chance to find some good machines that I can afford, as I gradually try to understand the (apparently, important) place of the typewriter in my soul.