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1965 Olympia SG3 Serial # 7-1352561 1965 Olympia SG3 typewriter, Serial # 7-1352561 Tas Kyprianou's 1965 Olympia SG3 typewriter. 2022-08-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 1965 Olympia SG3 Serial # 7-1352561 Bought purely for the typeface.
The super small typeface led me to believe it was a business machine and the seller confirmed that in the car park where we exchanged goods. This SG3 is loose. Really loose. It feels like a car that’s done 285,963 miles on one engine and gearbox but has 100,000 more left in it before either blows up. I wasn't fully prepared, the SG3 is ridiculously large and the wide carriage doesn’t help things there. It dwarfs my Olivetti Linea 98 and that’s saying something. It's my only soulless machine. The poor thing feels like it was a cog in the office world. I hope that its retirement here gently spent writing letters, poetry, and labels in scrapbooks will help it find itself and break free from the trauma of office life.

These are great machines but they are HUGE and even I (and I LOVE typewriters) struggle to find anything pretty in its appearance.
Typeface - Ra 260, Raumsparschrift - 17 characters to the inch

1965 Olympia SG3 #7-1352561

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 08-05-2022 at 01:07PM
Last Edit: 08-05-2022 at 01:21PM


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Bought purely for the typeface.
The super small typeface led me to believe it was a business machine and the seller confirmed that in the car park where we exchanged goods. This SG3 is loose. Really loose. It feels like a car that’s done 285,963 miles on one engine and gearbox but has 100,000 more left in it before either blows up. I wasn't fully prepared, the SG3 is ridiculously large and the wide carriage doesn’t help things there. It dwarfs my Olivetti Linea 98 and that’s saying something. It's my only soulless machine. The poor thing feels like it was a cog in the office world. I hope that its retirement here gently spent writing letters, poetry, and labels in scrapbooks will help it find itself and break free from the trauma of office life.

These are great machines but they are HUGE and even I (and I LOVE typewriters) struggle to find anything pretty in its appearance.
Typeface - Ra 260, Raumsparschrift - 17 characters to the inch

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Massive
Massive

Beautiful colour coding.
Beautiful colour coding.

LOVE the subtle markings on the mechanism - to help with assembly / re-assembly I guess
LOVE the subtle markings on the mechanism - to help with assembly / re-assembly I guess

The wall of beige as you type
The wall of beige as you type

Filthy
Filthy

The journey home
The journey home

If you like the SM8, SM9 series then the keys and touch feel really similar.
If you like the SM8, SM9 series then the keys and touch feel really similar.

Star trek - beam me up style paper feed lever - which works SO well that paper bale needs not be touched.
Star trek - beam me up style paper feed lever - which works SO well that paper bale needs not be touched.

Pretty but flimsy. I've taken mine off to save it from almost certain doom.
Pretty but flimsy. I've taken mine off to save it from almost certain doom.


Ooooo, that typeface
!
Ooooo, that typeface !

Super easy to work on and clean
Super easy to work on and clean

Typeface - Ra 260, Raumsparschrift - 17 characters to the inch. BONKERS tiny but utterly gorgeous.
Typeface - Ra 260, Raumsparschrift - 17 characters to the inch. BONKERS tiny but utterly gorgeous.

Why are there vents?
Why are there vents?

Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

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UK member living in London with Greek Cypriot heritage.
Relatively new to the hobby - December 2021.
The Linea 88 parts machine notwithstanding, my collection now consists of 24 machines.
My favourite machine - it's both the prettiest and the nicest to type on - is my 1939 Royal KMM. Until that came along just recently, my Underwood Universal was winning the beauty pageant albeit whilst having a podium tussle with my Smith Corona Clipper and my Remington Non-Tab Portable. Like Bagpuss, those two are both saggy and a bit loose at the seams but I love them. Having used the Adler Universal recently, I have to admit it is my second-best typer. Effortless. The BlueBird 18b, Hermes 3000 Mk 3, 2000, the FACIT TP1, and the other Olympia SMs regularly chomp at the heels of my top typers and I count my blessings am lucky enough to have collected such a beautiful bunch if I'm honest.



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