Taking stock of my typewriter spoils.


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.

This came tucked into the Olivetti Lettera 32
These came with the Triumph Tippa. The brown item kept the slugs in place. The machine might not have been used at all.

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.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. maryech says:

    A very nice collection! The Olympia SM5 is such a pretty thing. Your Triumph Tippa really looks like it was never ever used. I guess the bag in the last picture (“trocknerbeutel” = “dry bag”?) is the desiccant pouch it was packed with.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Thank you. Yes, the bag was in the Tippa. My only other seemingly untouched typer was a Hermes Ambassador. It was stored in its original crate in a storage unit along with dozens of other Ambassadors. There are treasures out there for typewriter hunters.

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  2. Richard P says:

    Good haul. It’s not so easy to find an SM5!

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