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Friday, 14 December 2012

Olympia Elite Portable Typewriter: Schwarz Schönkeit

Not sure now what to do with the black Olympia Elite I have had for many years. Since this one has one tiny problem - the clasp for the left side ribbon cover has snapped off - I may use it for parts, although it seems a shame to do that just for one small clasp. Maybe I can make one instead.


11 comments:

Ken Coghlan said...

An absolutely gorgeous and amazing machine. Looks like it was manufactured yesterday! Congrats, Robert!

Scott Kernaghan said...

Well Robert, if you've got a better example of a machine now, I think it is entirely possible to produce a replacement. This might be a job for 3d printing?

Beautiful machine that. I looked at it, and decided against it at the last minute - I just couldn't bring myself to put down the cash for it.

Robert Messenger said...

Thank you Ken and Scott. Yes, Ken, I agree, looks almost brand new.
Scott, the ribbon cover sits up a tiny bit on the left, dangerously close to the carriage lever, so I need to be very, very careful not to scratch that beautiful shiny surface. It does need to be fixed. My typing here is very poor because I typed with the ribbon cover up so as not to risk it.

notagain said...

wow that's beautiful.

shordzi said...

I live not so far away from Stuttgart. I like the reflection of the summer leaves on the shiny top of the machine.

Rob Bowker said...

It is on my list

Cameron said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL machine, and typeface to match!

Yet another piece of evidence that Olympias are among the best typewriters made. Olympia has recently become my favorite brand.

Wonderful "score", Richard!

Yeicko Sunner said...

Hi I bought today a almost exactly typewriter like the Olympia you have. The only difference wich I find is that instead of being a Olympia mine is a Optima. I have tried searching for it in the internet but there is absolutely no information about it. May be you could help me around. Hopefully you can write me back. yeicko@gmail.com I bought it in a antique store in Berlin and, to my eyes, is in a great shape. Happy new year.

Nigel Tijou said...

Hello,
I am clearing out my loft and have one of these. Would you be interested in buying ?

tarnagy said...

Hello!
I want to know where to find the serial number of the Elite Olympia. Can you help? Thank you!
Tarnavölgyi György (George)
Hungary

I love typwewriters said...

Hi all

Ive just bought one of these wonderful little typewriters but cannot find the carriage release. Can anyone help?