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1969 Olympia SM9 Serial # 3868296 1969 Olympia SM9 typewriter, Serial # 3868296 Michael Hoehne's 1969 Olympia SM9 typewriter. 2019-06-21 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Hoehne: 1969 Olympia SM9 Serial # 3868296 This one was presented to me as a Spanish typewriter. I took that to mean it has a Spanish keyboard, since the only Made in Spain typewriters around here are certain Olivettis. The owner's daughter said that her mother used it in preparing lessons for the Spanish classes she taught.

When I saw the keyboard, though, I did not see an Ñ (enya, if your browser doesn't show it) key, so how could it be Spanish? Eventually I found the ~ (tilda), but then I also saw a cedilla, so, huh? Portuguese? When I saw the umlaut, I gave up.

The invoice (dated 1973, though that does not accord with the serial number), cleared it all up: this is a universal keyboard. Diacritics for German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, OK. No Scandinavian or Eastern European, though.

But wait. A Universal keyboard without a £ (pound) sign?? It has an exclamation point but no pound sign? Well, maybe they thought they had to make an exclamation point to match the Spanish inverted exclamation point, which the old single-quote/period wouldn't do, but you can still make a pound sign with an f typed over an L.

And the punctuation in the top row is all rearranged. I would love to have been in on this whole discussion back at Olympia...

1969 Olympia SM9 #3868296

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-20-2019 at 03:34PM
Last Edit: 06-21-2019 at 04:16AM


Description:

This one was presented to me as a Spanish typewriter. I took that to mean it has a Spanish keyboard, since the only Made in Spain typewriters around here are certain Olivettis. The owner's daughter said that her mother used it in preparing lessons for the Spanish classes she taught.

When I saw the keyboard, though, I did not see an Ñ (enya, if your browser doesn't show it) key, so how could it be Spanish? Eventually I found the ~ (tilda), but then I also saw a cedilla, so, huh? Portuguese? When I saw the umlaut, I gave up.

The invoice (dated 1973, though that does not accord with the serial number), cleared it all up: this is a universal keyboard. Diacritics for German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, OK. No Scandinavian or Eastern European, though.

But wait. A Universal keyboard without a £ (pound) sign?? It has an exclamation point but no pound sign? Well, maybe they thought they had to make an exclamation point to match the Spanish inverted exclamation point, which the old single-quote/period wouldn't do, but you can still make a pound sign with an f typed over an L.

And the punctuation in the top row is all rearranged. I would love to have been in on this whole discussion back at Olympia...

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The Olympia Universal Keyboard, with diacritics for English (ha ha), French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese but not for any Scandinavian or Eastern European languages.
The Olympia Universal Keyboard, with diacritics for English (ha ha), French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese but not for any Scandinavian or Eastern European languages.





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