198X Olympia Standard #E897950
Created: 07-22-2020 at 01:41AM
Last Edit: 10-03-2020 at 01:05AM
Olympia Standard typewriter with French AZERTY keyboard, made in Italy in a very beautiful turquoise color. The typewriter is in excellent condition, light and easy to carry, everything is working fine, the plastic parts are clean and the cover with the bottom of the machine, are completing a carrying and protecting case.
Two things worth noting: the serial number is not written anywhere on the machine itself, only on the outside of the plastic base and also the lack of a tab feature - which is rather disappointing. There is plenty of space on the up right corner of the keyboard, where other similar machines have it, so I cannot understand why they didn't add it.
Browsing through other Olympia's here on TWDB and on other sites, I found out that my Olympia Standard looks similar to some Olympiette, Olympiette de luxe and a late Olympia Splendid model. Their plastic bodies are identical - same key style, black stripe with brand logo and model name on most, same ribbon color selector etc - they are all made in Italy by IMC and have a letter prefix on the serial number. The same manufacturer was producing typewriters of the same design for other brands as well (Rover, Typechoise), The link to the "oz.typewriter" blog post below is a great source of information about the IMC produced machines. So, I don't think I will be able to be sure about a certain year of manufacture, but I can understand it should be early 1980's.
Oct 3, 2020 UPDATE: Sold to a college student who intends to use it for off line notes and journal writing.
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Writer, blogger and art person from Athens, Greece. I currently own 14 typewriters, dated from 1913 (my oldest one, a Remington Standard 10) up to the late 70's. Most of my machines are functionable and I try to repair any with problems that keeps it from typing. For me, it is important for a typewriter not just to sit on a shelve for display, but also to be able to type when I want to.
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