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1972 Olympia SM9 Serial # 4547236 1972 Olympia SM9 typewriter, Serial # 4547236 Bill Guthrie's 1972 Olympia SM9 typewriter. 2020-12-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Bill Guthrie: 1972 Olympia SM9 Serial # 4547236 The first typewriter that I purchased was also an Olympia SM9 - a 1966 model that featured the 11-pitch Senatorial typeface. I quickly added another SM9, this one, featuring the 10-pitch Pica No. 12 typeface. I purchased both SM9's from a booth in an antique store that specialized in typewriters. In total I tested out somewhere between 10 and 12 different machines and every one of the Olympia typewriters performed exceptionally well. I was initially drawn to the earlier SM9 machines from the 1960's but this 1972 model was the best typing machine out of all Olympias they had, the others all being earlier 1960's machines.

Over time the combination of the bright white case and the dark charcoal color keys has really grown on me. While every one of my typewriters gets a lot of use, this one probably sees the most use among those that I own. At some point I might consider adding a brand other than Olympia to the mix (I would like to acquire an ultra-portable machine at some point), but it is hard to imagine doing so as the Oly's that I own all type so incredibly well.

1972 Olympia SM9 #4547236

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-04-2020 at 12:07AM
Last Edit: 12-04-2020 at 12:10AM


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The first typewriter that I purchased was also an Olympia SM9 - a 1966 model that featured the 11-pitch Senatorial typeface. I quickly added another SM9, this one, featuring the 10-pitch Pica No. 12 typeface. I purchased both SM9's from a booth in an antique store that specialized in typewriters. In total I tested out somewhere between 10 and 12 different machines and every one of the Olympia typewriters performed exceptionally well. I was initially drawn to the earlier SM9 machines from the 1960's but this 1972 model was the best typing machine out of all Olympias they had, the others all being earlier 1960's machines.

Over time the combination of the bright white case and the dark charcoal color keys has really grown on me. While every one of my typewriters gets a lot of use, this one probably sees the most use among those that I own. At some point I might consider adding a brand other than Olympia to the mix (I would like to acquire an ultra-portable machine at some point), but it is hard to imagine doing so as the Oly's that I own all type so incredibly well.

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1972 Olympia SM9 with case
1972 Olympia SM9 with case

1972 Olympia SM9 other side
1972 Olympia SM9 other side

1972 Olympia SM8 back side
1972 Olympia SM8 back side

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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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