29 July 2012

The Pristine Green Machine

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night 
stays these couriers from the swift completion 
of their appointed rounds."

[inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City]

The same may be said of Typospherians for whom a handmade sign on any street corner beckons with all the power of those mermaid Sirens who lured Odysseus and his men to their islands. Even if, like brave Odysseus, we claim we shall withstand the call . . . still . . . the machines . . .  the machines . . .  we wants them we do.

This is the latest typewriter to enter our abode.  My Beloved Spousal Unit ~ who has quite the knack for finding older machines in exceptional condition ~ found it at an estate sale.  And not just any estate sale; the kind flush with old snow blowers, stacks of worn Tupperware containers, and the like.  This estate was of an honored gentleman, a physician and scholar.  Books lined the walls, my Beloved told me.  Amid the quiet memories of a full life sat a silvery case.  Within a near mint condition Olympia SM3.

The case showed some light wear, but the machine itself is in glorious condition.  Even the bushings are in good shape. All I needed to do was wind a new ribbon onto its spools.

The typeface is an elegant script.  
I especially love the way some of the uppercase letters swoop low with a flourish.

I've named this one Dr. Laurence 
~ a modified version of its original owner's name ~ 
and in his honor and memory.


  1. What a great find! Congratulations! and It is script too!!! You are so very lucky. Oly script is one of, if not, my favorite script fonts. The typewriter looks perfect. Have fun using it.

  2. Amazing find!SM3's are fantastic machines, and in script to boot? Very, very nice.

  3. Great find! Germans make the best script typefaces; my Adler Universal standard has the same dips and flourishes.

  4. Hooray! That is a wonderful find out in the wild. The script is lovely with a nice personal touch. Also, I can tell you from personal experience that medium weight postcards feed through the center section of the SM-3 quite well! Just run them vertical and all will be well :)

  5. Bill - Ken - Mark & Dwayne -- It is SO fun when Typospherians celebrate a good find by one of their Typer compatriots. A classy bunch we are. ;-)

    I've been catching up on my letter writing with it - love the way the script makes my correspondence look so elegant.

  6. Wow, I have an SM4 that exact color, only it's not cursive. I finally found a cursive SM4, but it's not that beautiful green. Great find there! Hang on to it!

    P.S. Our family just created our little mailboxes to begin our own fictional correspondence, thanks to your inspiration!

    1. Re: Your new house mailboxes - this is SO cool! Thanks for letting me know. I hope you have lots and lots of fun playing your letter game. :-D


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