domingo, 29 de janeiro de 2012

Olympia SM3 (1957)

My so desired Olympia SM3... In a strange shade of green and seeming just out of a time capsule. It may seem odd but the typewriter is completely new. Or so it seems to my eyes.

After  installing a new ribbon and writing a few pages and letters, I surrendered to this little masterpiece.

The machine seems to have traveled directly in the time since the day it was produced until the day it came to my house. If it was used, was estimated with great care.

After everything I've read about this machine, I realized it was a inevitable milestone in the collection of every typewriters enthusiast. Had to get one... After hours of searching on Internet auctions, I came to found this one. The pictures shown by the seller were few and of poor quality, so I could not realize very well what the true state of the typewriter was. The auction didn't arouse much attention, so I decided to put on a bid of 5 and wait. And I ended up by winning the sale :) When I finally got the typewriter in the mail and I realized that it was practically new,  I even gave more value to the great deal I did.

This machine has everything I adore. The lines and design, somewhat resembling a Hermes 2000 (my first machine and that led me to start my collection), dimensions, weight and stability. But I was expecting that the return of the keys when pressed would be different. They seem a bit spongy...

The all-metal body and engine make the machine's weight pretty high. Adding to this the wooden carrying case... The final weight causes the machine to be very little portable. I can not imagine me carrying this weight around as easily as I do with other machines. So this is definitely a typewriter to stay at home and switch between its place on the shelf and the desk.

Once again I ended up buying a typewriter made in Germany, ordered from Germany and with German QWERTZ keyboard.

I think that the lid mechanism is very well thought out. If you need to access to the interior just lift the lid. If you want I can also withdraw it. I wish all my machines came with this system. Sometimes I have to struggle a little to take off the lid.

The personal touch tuning... Frankly I do not notice any difference between the + or - position ! But maybe it's my typing that still needs to be improved...

Again I have chosen a blue
and red ribbon. They are my favorite! Everything seems prettier in blue than in black...

As I've said earlier, I didn't even bother to clean up the typewriter. As expected there is some dust that was accumulated over the years. One of these days I have to take it off the shelf and give it a thorough cleaning. Draining off all the dust with an air compressor...

The writing is not getting as clear as I wanted. But I haven't figured out yet if the problem is the ribbon or the slugs that  also need to be cleaned.

Although this photograph is not aesthetically pleasing to me, I decided to publish it anyway. Looking at the machine like this, it reminds me a turtle turned upside out. Maybe it is for being green...

One of the things that I thought that could have been degraded over time would be the rubber feet. Oddly they are spotlessly new. I am still trying to find a felt pad to user with the typewriter because I don't think that the carrying case board is  very practical... Greatly increases the space I need on the desk. And when you live in a tiny apartment all the space is needed.

According to TW-DB and the serial number, the machine was produced somewhere in 1957. I confess that I had some difficulties to distinguish the model. At first glance SM2, SM3 and SM4 all seemed remarkably similar to me. After hours of research, now I can spot some differences. Although in some photos have yet to take a closer look.

Hope you liked it :)

segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2012


Typecasting - Denis Diderot

Today I was surfing the web and I've found this French Philosopher quote... Hours latter I was reading maschinengeschrieben's blog (a great blog by way) and I've  remembered this quote and decided to share it. I do believe that it fits perfectly with typewriters! So it was to time to take Gabriele out of the shelf and put "her" to work... After all this machine had been used for decades, rusted and is being used again!

sábado, 21 de janeiro de 2012

Kolibri Ephemera

Continuing the previous post, I present you the instruction manual and the documentation that was included when I have purchase of the typewriter.

I hope you can best take advantage of it than me. My German is very limited...

terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2012

Groma Kolibri

My Kolibri Groma! Ready to be presented to Typosphere as a débutante.

Once more purchased in German eBay. Although slightly exceeded my budget definitely worth it. After all I really wanted this typewriter.

The color scheme is not one of my favorites, but in this kind of business we can't be too selective. We ended up having to limit ourselves to what is available. And this after long hours of searching...

I've just detected a fault in the design of the machine that worried me a lot (mea culpa - i thought the Kolibri was flawless). The return lever is not fixed. The tip has a small spring which causes it to dangle. Scraping on the cover... What has done the lid to have a graze in the painting.

Although I can note that the machine was estimated by their previous owners, it seems to me not being adequately protected. Shows some signs of rust. Although I have tried to minimize them there is not much I can do but try to stop them from growing.

I'm still debating with the bell. It seems to me that rings too low. What makes me sometimes reach the end  of the line to realize that it's time to hit the return lever. I'm still trying to adjust the bell. All suggestions are welcome!

About the typewriter itself have to admit that is an excellent piece of design. Ultra flat... Very solid and stable. Metal body with a considerable weight to a machine so small. What ends up giving it the strength and the sturdiness that I enjoy.

The keyboard seems to be incredibly vertical. With small keys and a little apart. What makes it a challenge trying to keep my fingers from entering there... With this machine I limit myself to only use 4-5 fingers to write and a median speed. Definitely not a machine to "heavy" works. But it gives me immense pleasure and joy to use!

All that this typewriter was needed was a good cleaning and some oil. Definitely not in its best state and rust worries me. But still maintains a prominent place in my collection. More for their beauty and compact design than by their technical skills.

Made in Germany with German keyboard and coming directly from germany... I have to admit that I have a soft spot for German typewriters :)

The font size seems to be somewhere between an Elite and Pica. But I confess that this part is still a challenge for me.

In addition to the instruction manual and all the paperwork that came with the machine (and that I haven't still properly analyze due to my very limited German) also had two metal spools that I decided to save and recycle. And they seem to be as old as the machine itself ...

And the carrying case. Tiny... It can only accommodate a typewriter as small as this.

And so ends another post. I keep telling myself it was an excellent buy. Regardless of the state machine. The more I use it, the more I enjoy it. It's different. Out of the ordinary... And this was a machine that barely saw it by the first time I said to myself "I have to have one of these"...

terça-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2012


What is WOT? It's my new world of fantasy... My imaginary world where I hope to spend some of my free time of 2012! It's the "World of Typewriters" :)
Spent the holidays and the gap for Christmas and New Year it is time to start organizing my "world of typewriters (WOT)."

It was a
troubled year... It was marked the beginning of my passion for typewriters but was also marked by the end of some projects that were lost on the way. Definitely something that is part of my New Year's resolutions is to dedicate more time to my typewriter's paraphernalia, increase my "skinny" collection and above all give it more use. And of course, dedicate more time to this blog! I'll try to do at least a weekly post, sharing my new acquisitions and other issues that seem to be of interest (but related to these fine machines, for sure). Hope you'll enjoy it!

I'll begin by sharing the latest additions to my personal collection! Still missing a good cleaning and a complete check-up. But I confess that this was difficult month with very little spare time. Below are the pictures! The last purchases of the year...

The Groma Kolibri

My first Groma! Finally my so desired Kolibri... This was my must-have of 2011. And I could not finish the year without having one :)

It was an excellent buy. Although the painting has a graze, the machine is in excellent condition, with a reasonable price, carry case in good condition and...

...with all original documentation. It is in German and I did not have time to examine it carefully. But I really have to check it out more closely and make a post on the subject.

Needing a good cleaning. And some oil... But now occupies a prominent place in my collection!

 The Olympia SM3

The so desired SM3! A major model of Olympia and so far I have only good things to say about this machine.

In excellent condition. Almost like new ... The paint is flawless! A machine in excellent condition, including the case and still writes with the original ribbon.

 The Consul 232

A brand that didn't even knew that existed... Until I've found one on eBay that caught my attention. The firts one I saw was in a light blue and beige color scheme with the brand name in gold... Just beutifful... But I've found this one in grey and I'm pretty happy with it!

And the last purchase of 2011 ... The Consul! Needing a deep cleaning. And some maintenance. Right from the purchase that has given me headaches. The shipment took the holiday season and already received after Christmas. To the great misfortune the shift lock key came broken of origin... And got damaged on the shipping. I eventually was able to straighten the metal sheet but the paint   cracked and the tabs need to be repaired: (

For some reason the seller includes a Taste Ex... Almost as old as the machine! Although hate this kind of stuff.

I think it was a good year of typewriters. My wish-list for 2012 is already made! Some models in the sight and a full year to do the research and finding good deals. Definitely I have to buy a script / cursive / italic ... Since I discovered them that I want to have one! Although they seem to be hard to find in Europe, I am counting on help from some friends of the "WOT".

I also hope to spend more time looking for ribbons. Finding different colors and explore this market.

Soon I hope to have more detailed posts on these three "beauties"...

Until then, a great year to all and a big thank you for your support!