As some of you know, my local hackerspace has a computer museum with a lot of old hardware. Every once in a while the museum coordinators get a call and hop in their cars to get “new” hardware. A couple of weeks ago, they spent two days retrieving a collection from the agriculture university. In that collection are also two typewriters. And I, as the typewriter girl from our hackerspace, got them under my care.
Although I don’t know what to do with them yet (they are both standards from after the war) started cleaning one of them yesterday.
This is how I found the first one. Covered in some kind of paint drops and sticky from the nicotine.
After tooth-brushing it for an hour or so, it now looks like this.
I never understood why someone would want to collect a machine like this. It isn’t pretty, it’s big and heavy, but it does have a hell of a lot of options! I cannot deny that it is a good office machine and when you need or want to write a novel, this machine can be your best friend. Forever.
Research on the internet taught me that this is an Olympia SG. But it confuses me because the type basket has the words “Super de Luxe” embossed in it. And the serial number has a “7” in front of it. But, nevertheless, looking at all the pictures I could find, I am convinced that this is an SG-model. The serial number is 7-509269, which dates it back to 1959.
I’ve also read that the carriage can easily be removed, so I’m planning another cleaning job tomorrow. I will also take another couple of shots of this model, because the tabulator seem to have a lot more options than the regular model I could find information about. And I’ll also bring some paper to make a typeface specimen!