It’s been an eventful trip–mountains, rivers, wildlife, and typewriters. The Olivetti Studio 44 and the Royal Quiet Deluxe were waiting for me when I arrived in Texas (birthday presents from the best girlfriend one could have), and I picked up the Olympia SM5, Olivetti Lettera 32, and Triumph Tippa during my travels–the first two in Cortez, Colorado, the last one in Cottonwood, New Mexico. Each machine has its own personality. The Tippa, with a script typeface, makes a sharp sound as the slugs meet the paper. It isn’t a problem with the platen. It simply likes being heard. The Lettera 32 wants some cleaning. It is my first 32. I am partial towards the Lettera 22 and Studio 44, the latter of which I think is a very serious machine. It is my second 44. The QDL requires a lighter touch than I have. It will take some practice, but I prefer its colors over the absurdly priced colorful QDLs. Finally, the Olympia SM5 is the great find, I think. It may just be that my heavy hands work better on Olympias. It will be a nice addition to the family (one SG1, two SM5s now, two SM4s, one SM3, and one SM9). The SM7, preferably in baby blue, remains elusive. For my last venture, before returning to Florida, I plan to visit an antique mall in Bandera, where I once picked up a green Remington 3.
As you can see from the photos, a few typewriters came with some toys at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. The sheepish letterhead is especially fun.