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1970 Olympia SM8 Serial # 4005505 1970 Olympia SM8 typewriter, Serial # 4005505 Tansal Arnas's 1970 Olympia SM8 typewriter. 2019-08-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tansal Arnas: 1970 Olympia SM8 Serial # 4005505 Purchased from eBay on 22 July 2019. This was my fifth antique manual typewriter. This is the first of four machines I sought out specifically for its unique typeface. Out of all of the script typefaces I've researched, I appreciate this one the most. This machine is in beautiful condition, but as the action doesn't have a touch control adjustment on the SM8, it feels a bit heavier than I like. However, the weight of the keys makes it easy to produce a very clean and consistent type, which looks terrific.

1970 Olympia SM8 #4005505

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tansal Arnas (Tansal)
Created: 08-04-2019 at 08:35PM
Last Edit: 08-04-2019 at 08:35PM


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Purchased from eBay on 22 July 2019. This was my fifth antique manual typewriter. This is the first of four machines I sought out specifically for its unique typeface. Out of all of the script typefaces I've researched, I appreciate this one the most. This machine is in beautiful condition, but as the action doesn't have a touch control adjustment on the SM8, it feels a bit heavier than I like. However, the weight of the keys makes it easy to produce a very clean and consistent type, which looks terrific.

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Hunter: Tansal Arnas (Tansal)

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I grew up in the generation that transitioned from analog to digital, so I had childhood experience using manual and electric typewriters before moving onto computers. In 2013, I started researching ultraportable antique manual typewriters. In 2016, I bought my first one, a Hermes Baby Featherweight. I loved the portability but learned that it's not very suited to long periods of writing. I intensified my research into medium-sized portables. In 2019, I purchased two exceptional typewriters, a Hermes 3000 and an Olympia SM3. I also excavated my grandfather's SM2 and had it professionally restored. Then the floodgates opened, and I chased down several more Hermes and Olympia typewriters, each with a different body and typeface. Eventually, I branched out to other brands, bringing my current total to 23 typewriters. I use them for journaling, letters, notes, and creative writing. I've tried other models, but my favorite makes continue to be Hermes and Olympia, particularly their models from the '50s and '60s. I’ve slowed down my pace of procurement, but I still keep my eyes open for good finds in the wild, and I also accept rescues from friends and acquaintances.



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