The Greatest Writing Machine in History: The Olympia SG1

Bob Dylan used an Olympia SG1. That has to mean something. It was one of William Burroughs’ machines, albeit not the one that turned into a bug. The typewriter is featured in the second season of the TV series Fargo. One man jams another man’s tie into the paper feed to get him to spill the beans. He talks. The machine weighs in at nearly 40 lbs. This is not a portable. You won’t be taking it to the coffee shop or on a plane, assuming you want the plane to take off. This is a machine meant to make newspaper deadlines. DF0808AE-25BE-4390-B015-73B473903D5C In my humble opinion, it is the greatest standard ever made. The mechanics are perfectly logical—Newtonian clockwork. It is easy to clean (two knobs release the carriage). The keys are responsive to personal preference. Do you want to write a delicate sonnet? Do you need some heavy metal? The SG1 will do your bidding. Hell, with one pull of a lever, the paper can be injected into the paper feed, lining up perfectly. Just make sure your tie doesn’t get jammed. I use it for grading, creating, and fiddling. I bought it for $65.00, scavanging for it in the backroom of an antique mall. 3B67090A-09D3-4264-A811-4F0418E45CCC(These sell for much more than that.) I replaced its missing tab bar, cleaned it up, adjusted the misaligned upper and lowercase, and used a badass license plate in lieu of its missing paper guide. It stays up late and it wakes up early. Some people prefer the Hermes Amabassador, the standard I use at my office at work. That’s a superb machine, but for me it’s the Olympia SG1 all the way.

 

(I’m practicing using my Nikon camera. It’s a work in progress.)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill M says:

    The SG1 like many Olympia typewriters has a great reputation. Congratulations on your find and successful repair. One day I may find and SG1 and add it to my collection.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Many thanks. I noticed a couple of SG1s for sale on the OfferUp app, which now includes sellers who ship.

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  2. mcfeats says:

    Many thanks. I noticed a couple of SG1s for sale on the OfferUp app, which now includes sellers who ship.

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  3. joevc says:

    I love your license plate paper table.

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  4. Richard P says:

    Clever use of the license plate. (Which speaks of evil! You can write dark words on this machine.)

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Like the cube in Hellraiser, the keys and levers on the SG1 open up alternative realities!

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