Sunday, November 07, 2010
If it hadn't been an Olympia...
I might have been able to resist. But it was an Olympia. And it's the first typewriter I've seen at a thrift store in a long, long while. And it was eight bucks. And I'm only human.
I now have three SM-9s, one of each generation: a cream colored and green one, this silvery-white and black one, and Stinky representing the last white-and-black-with-orange-symbol-thing generation. This one, per the serial number, is apparently from 1968.
It needs a new ribbon eventually (though the one it has actually is pretty darned good!), and there's a lot of icky eraser dust inside, but otherwise, this may be the cleanest typewriter I've ever found in the wild. It's beautiful.
It also really, really, really fits snugly in that case. Holy smokes...I practically had to use a crowbar to extract it.
Edit to add a very small sample of the typeface--just a standard Olympia 11 pitch type.