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1966 Olympia SM9 Serial # 3065288 1966 Olympia SM9 typewriter, Serial # 3065288 Bill Guthrie's 1966 Olympia SM9 typewriter. 2020-12-03 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Bill Guthrie: 1966 Olympia SM9 Serial # 3065288 This is the first typewriter that I ever bought. I can't recall exactly when the thought of buying a typewriter began to cross my mind, but I do remember that it was the styling of the Olympia SM9 that appealed the most to me once I started to research these machines. The color scheme that Olympia chose for the 1964 - 1967 models in particular really stood out, so one of these machines is what I began looking for. The hook was set when a listing popped up on craigslist for this particular machine as it featured the Senatorial typeface. Even though it was located a little over twenty miles away from me, I decided to go check it out. It was on offer at a booth in an antique mall by a seller that specialized in typewriters. This worked out great as I was able to try out a number of other machines before making my decision. I probably tried out maybe 10 - 12 machines in all and that included 3 different Olympia SM9's. To me, when it came to how they actually typed, the Olympia's stood out as being better than the rest. This only served to reinforce my choice of this particular machine from 1966.

On a side note, the design of the early SM9 typewriters remind me a lot of the original Brunswick Gold Crown pool table that was released just a few years earlier, back in 1961. I also own an original Gold Crown pool table so I shouldn't be surprised that I was so strongly drawn to the Olympia SM9.

1966 Olympia SM9 #3065288

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-03-2020 at 11:21PM
Last Edit: 12-03-2020 at 11:41PM


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This is the first typewriter that I ever bought. I can't recall exactly when the thought of buying a typewriter began to cross my mind, but I do remember that it was the styling of the Olympia SM9 that appealed the most to me once I started to research these machines. The color scheme that Olympia chose for the 1964 - 1967 models in particular really stood out, so one of these machines is what I began looking for. The hook was set when a listing popped up on craigslist for this particular machine as it featured the Senatorial typeface. Even though it was located a little over twenty miles away from me, I decided to go check it out. It was on offer at a booth in an antique mall by a seller that specialized in typewriters. This worked out great as I was able to try out a number of other machines before making my decision. I probably tried out maybe 10 - 12 machines in all and that included 3 different Olympia SM9's. To me, when it came to how they actually typed, the Olympia's stood out as being better than the rest. This only served to reinforce my choice of this particular machine from 1966.

On a side note, the design of the early SM9 typewriters remind me a lot of the original Brunswick Gold Crown pool table that was released just a few years earlier, back in 1961. I also own an original Gold Crown pool table so I shouldn't be surprised that I was so strongly drawn to the Olympia SM9.

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1966 Olympia SM9 in case
1966 Olympia SM9 in case

1966 Olympia SM9 from other side
1966 Olympia SM9 from other side

1966 Olympia SM9 backside
1966 Olympia SM9 backside

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I'm likely more of a casual typewriteaphile than a typewriter humter/collector. That said, what started with a single Olympia SM9 quickly expanded to include two more Olympia typewriters: a 2nd SM9 and a mighty SG3. I've now gone on to add other brands, but thus far I remain most interested in the machines from the 1950's - 1970's. I use all of the typewriters that I own. Typing out a letter, or typing almost anything for that matter, brings me a great deal of satisfaction. The typewriters themselves appeal to my appreciation for well designed mechanical devices.



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