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198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe Serial # 297075 198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe typewriter, Serial # 297075 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe typewriter. 2017-12-18 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe Serial # 297075 Straight from the workbench, here comes this Olympia Monica Electric de Luxe.

Got it really cheap, but it was thrashed during shipping. As soon as I turned it on it started CRRRREEAAAAKKKing because the carriage was jammed. Then several pieces fell off, and then I followed the usual procedure: cursing out loudly, contacting the seller and getting a shameless response by him. Oh, and he forgot to mention that several typebars were bent. Surely I´d notice without having to tell me beforehand, right?

Then this poor machine was stored away for several months until I´ve finally decided to dismantle it. This thing has required drastic surgery, because I´ve had to remove all the tab stops to make the carriage run again. As for the bent typebars... I´ve done what I´ve been able to, at least the only hopeless typebars are those of symbols seldom used. All in all the machine works. Wounded but alive.

Bonus feature: I think this is the only typewriter I have with the square root symbol!

198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe #297075

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-18-2017 at 07:44AM
Last Edit: 12-18-2017 at 07:47AM


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Straight from the workbench, here comes this Olympia Monica Electric de Luxe.

Got it really cheap, but it was thrashed during shipping. As soon as I turned it on it started CRRRREEAAAAKKKing because the carriage was jammed. Then several pieces fell off, and then I followed the usual procedure: cursing out loudly, contacting the seller and getting a shameless response by him. Oh, and he forgot to mention that several typebars were bent. Surely I´d notice without having to tell me beforehand, right?

Then this poor machine was stored away for several months until I´ve finally decided to dismantle it. This thing has required drastic surgery, because I´ve had to remove all the tab stops to make the carriage run again. As for the bent typebars... I´ve done what I´ve been able to, at least the only hopeless typebars are those of symbols seldom used. All in all the machine works. Wounded but alive.

Bonus feature: I think this is the only typewriter I have with the square root symbol!

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Sweet, wunduful bent typebars...
Sweet, wunduful bent typebars...





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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.

A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.



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