Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Optima M10 compared

As a followup to yesterday's post, here's a photo comparing the Optima M10 to the Olympia SG1. It's VEB vs. AG! (Volkseigener Betrieb = "people's enterprise" vs. Aktiengesellschaft = corporation.) Click to enlarge.

And here is the Optima family of the '50s: the big M10, the mid-sized Super, and the little P1.


  1. Wow. These similiarities. I once compared the Optima Elite and the Olympia SM-3, and the biggest difference was the red chassis on the Olympia. I haven't published that yet, though.

  2. Very interesting comparison. The Death Star's five banks of keys is really something.

    That's a great Optima family photo.

  3. Very nice! That Optima is still a GIANT. All are super looking typewriters.

  4. How did that happen? I was right in the middle of a short photo essay comparing Good Companions. Spooky. Is the P1 the equivalent of the SF? It looks a bit chunkier.

    1. The P1 is Optima's version of the prewar Olympia-Plana -- a small machine but not quite as small as the SF.

  5. That's a very nice family photo. And now I realize that the M10 wouldn't have same impact if it was in green also (or any other color).