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1962 Olympia SM7 Serial # 1996249 1962 Olympia SM7 typewriter, Serial # 1996249 Paul Seitz's 1962 Olympia SM7 typewriter. 2019-04-19 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paul Seitz: 1962 Olympia SM7 Serial # 1996249 I found this at a yard sale. Carriage was stuck. Drawband was detached and tangled under carriage. No way to tell if anything about the machine actually worked. They were asking $15. I offered $5.00, took it home, and really thought I might have overpaid. With drawband reattached, any attempt to use tab froze the carriage and caused drawband to slip off the mainspring. Problem was faulty tab brake and, thanks to the many posts online about repairing this model, I was able to get the tab functions working as they should and give it a first good cleaning and free the gummed up carriage lock. The only remaining issue is a missing link (clevis?) on the 1/2 1/4 key so that the key doesn't move the type bar. But that is the one key I almost never use, anyway, so I can take time to figure out that repair. With a few more cleanings this machine will be working very well. I didn't overpay after all!

1962 Olympia SM7 #1996249

Status: My Collection
Created: 04-15-2019 at 03:07PM
Last Edit: 04-19-2019 at 10:02PM


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I found this at a yard sale. Carriage was stuck. Drawband was detached and tangled under carriage. No way to tell if anything about the machine actually worked. They were asking $15. I offered $5.00, took it home, and really thought I might have overpaid. With drawband reattached, any attempt to use tab froze the carriage and caused drawband to slip off the mainspring. Problem was faulty tab brake and, thanks to the many posts online about repairing this model, I was able to get the tab functions working as they should and give it a first good cleaning and free the gummed up carriage lock. The only remaining issue is a missing link (clevis?) on the 1/2 1/4 key so that the key doesn't move the type bar. But that is the one key I almost never use, anyway, so I can take time to figure out that repair. With a few more cleanings this machine will be working very well. I didn't overpay after all!

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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.



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