19XX Olympia Traveller de Luxe S #5-6602377
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-11-2017 at 02:44PM
Last Edit: 06-11-2017 at 02:47PM
I spotted this typer with a Ukrainian keyset for sale on a local online listing site and added it to my favourites. It sat on the site for many months at $45. I felt sorry for it, so offered $25, which the seller accepted. It had belonged to her mother, who apparently used it quite frequently in the 1980s and '90s before she passed on. She was quite happy that I bought it, as she considers it useless in today's modern world. At first I thought that some of the keytops were nicotine-stained, but it makes no sense that some would be stained and others would not, so quite simply either it came with these keys in a brown colour or these are replacement keytops. It types well, though clearly needs a new ribbon. The store that sold this machine once sat about a kilometer from where I sit now.
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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