Category Archives: Olympia SM9

Ach! Not one more Schreibmaschinen of the medium persuasion.

Oh dang, for $5, really what else could I do? It followed me home this SM-3 , like five bucks these days is practically free; yes I’ve got an SM-9 (or four) , and have little use for one machine more. It may wind up on the basement shelf, next to that SG-1 that seemed lonely by itself. “Restorable,” that hopeful word, will likely send this machine, and me, up to New York and Gramercy… Sooner or later, new
platen and rollers, then back to the Wilmhelmshaven herd, gradually transforming this rowhome into Mount Olympia. It’s the only maroon two- tone Olympia I have got… Why did I get it? How could I not?


CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story stated that the Olympia SM-3 was the only two-toned Olympia in Mr. McGettigan’s collection. This is incorrect, as Olympia SM-9s are generally cream and dark grey; as are the 2 Olympia SFs that Mr. McGettigan failed to even mention in his missive. The Olympia Socialite might be also, but it’s in the basement and we’re not going to check it, as that will just weaken the entire narrative even more.  Phillytyper more or less regrets the error, though we do not even feel a faded shred of regret having 9 (or is it 10?) Olympia typewriters, as some people collect Maseratis or Corkscrews and THAT is really weird, so let’s worry about them first, shall we?



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Without Whom None of This Would Have Been Plausible

Of course, let’s start with Mom*  and Dad as the first light cards against that black hole of an empty Rolodex 2400 (Made in Secaucus, NJ) , and yes, that eraser is blocking mum’s maiden name as we know many fiendish, identity-swiping super-criminals start their day by skimming Phillytyper!

If you’re out there, super-criminals, do please contact me care of this blog; I would be very receptive to swapping lifestyles on a crash basis–as tomorrow is trash day, and the kitchen tiles are buckling.

* Note that Ruth McGettigan is still with us at 90-plus; most recently she told me, “I got one of those old Ouija Boards — but nobody will play it with me,” and laughed.

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Filling Up The Rolodex


This can hold a lot of cards. The plan: fill out and insert cards every day until it’s full, or embarrassingly, still hungry. Who gets into the Rolodex? Anyone I’ve met in person who I’ve exchanged names with at minimum, or can somehow say of them, “I know/knew/love/hated/can’t forget/played drums for or just plain met –him/her/that bastard/that angel/that genius, etc.” Amount of detail may vary. May contain nuts.

Found an old IBM Selectric Manual which showed how to make a “pleat” to hold smaller cards so they are amenable to typewriting. This removed the last obstacle to starting this Rolodex project–since common sense has long since waved me on with a resigned sigh.


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October 26, 2013 · 11:04 pm

Elmore Leonard; he “left out the parts that readers tend to skip.”


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August 21, 2013 · 10:10 am

Stiff shoulder…


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January 27, 2013 · 11:27 pm

OK, Seal of Geek Approval!

Geekadelphia was nice enough to mention us TWICE on their website,

First, the Type-IN Jr. (SAT., Dec. 8th) — at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St., 1pm-5pm.

( should you Wonder What Exactly Happens at a Type-IN, Click HERE!  )

BUT ALSO, they mentioned the following week’s OBSOLETE DEVOTION Analog Holiday Sale (Dec. 14-15-16, Fri-Sat-Sun) — which is what you do when you wind up with way too many pieces of Tech Classic. (typewriters, Rolodexes, Polaroid Cameras, Filofaxes and Etc.) You sell some so you can make room for more…

That happens from 6-9 p.m. This Fri-Sat-Sun. at Trophy Bikes University City, 3131 Walnut St.,  Philadelphia

(special note for Fountain Pen fanatics–sorry, we now only have a few, new Lamys for sale)

Or click below for the video version…

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Hulking Desktop

Here’s a ’50s (?) Olympia SG-1, nicely gone over by Gramercy Typewriter (had my other one repaired by Tom at Cambridge up in Boston) and boy, is this thing solid. If I was a big heavy desk top, I’d certainly welcome a chance to get out of the house, so will definitely be lugging one of these fellows to the Type-IN on December 8th... heh, have to mention it again….

BTW, this picture comes by its flare and graininess honestly–taken on Kodak Tri-X running through a ZEISS IKON Contessa folding 35mm rangefinder (also mid-1950s, just like the Olympias), with, er, a bit of fogging in the lens, and a shutter that gives you 1/25 at the 1/60 setting — but it’s a charming camera and the junk man only wanted $20, so….

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