Sunday, August 18, 2013

Olympia typewriter postcards

I'm developing quite a collection of '50s and ’60s Olympia postcard images (just pixels, no paper). There are plenty for the SM's, just a couple for the SG's, and I have only one for the little SF. Often they feature what, to our eyes anyway, are kitschy or dated colors or accoutrements. Sometimes they show that classic combination: a typewriter and a cigarette. They always give me a feel for their world, and they make me want to type.


The Olympia SF (apparently popular with British businessmen):

The Olympia SG1:



The Olympia SM3:




The Olympia SM3 DeLuxe:









The Olympia SM3-13 DeLuxe (wide carriage):






The Olympia SM7:


And finally, the Olympia SM9, which I've ripped off from Rev. Munk's blog. Thanks, Ted!  :)





11 comments:

  1. I've seen a few of these on ebay, and have been quite tempted to get them. Such great pieces of history!

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  2. Wow, what fantastic little time-capsules they are!

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  3. Brilliant! I've often thought of taking pics of some of my machines with various little accoutrements next to them to tell a story, but it just seems like it might get out of hand, considering where my desk is.
    Nice set of cards, Richard. Suitable for framing, too.

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  4. Fifty years from now, some blogger is going to have an interesting post about Rob Bowker's Typoshpere postcards.

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  5. Love the postcards! The little nick-nacks and chachkies by the Olympias are great. I have started posting some of mine on my site. Aside from the ones already up, I have another hundred-or-so that I'm scanning and adding, albeit slowly.

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  6. Love them! (:

    I'm inspired to re-do the SM7 one though. ceramic clowns and yodelers just don't fit the vibe of the SM7 :F

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  7. Very nice postcards. I see similar on Ebay sometimes (always at too high of a price though)

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  8. Wonderful collection, Richard. I had seen 3-4 of these and have often wished I had the full set. Thank you for sharing. My favourite, of course, is the little SF - I think it is a favourite for both of us.

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  9. Very fun - thanks for scanning and posting. I NEED that hat with the SF!

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  10. Thanks for sharing! Even more interesting than the typewriters themselves are the objects pictured with them - I shudder to think of the stains and stench left by that lit cigarette! I liked the dip pen and inkwell with the white SM-3.

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  11. I have one and its like a sacred stone. Sacred writing assured!

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