1964 Olympia Portable


The newest addition to my family of typewriters.  It has features similar to a Splendid.  I have seen the name ‘Portable’ floated for similar models, but it appears that may be a general term, not related to a model name. No plate on my typewriter designates it as a Splendid. Distinctions for my typer-

  • 1) the paper rest is wire
  • 2) it does not have a case, it has a cover (matching)
  • 3) the margin release is placed to the far left, near the top row of keys
  • 4) the margin release is marked M.R. , not the ‘4-dot’ symbol


Based on the serial number (95-89558) I’m going out on a limb and dating this as a 1964 critter. On the back is the standard silver plate, noting that it was hammered together in Western Germany.


It types beautifully, feels great, in very good condition.

If you have clues as to what I should classify this as, let me know, and I’ll amend these notes. I thought it might be an SF, but I’m just not certain.  ~TH~



4 thoughts on “1964 Olympia Portable

  1. It’s a Splendid SF. It’s similar, with the same features, as the Splendid 33 (no ribbon colour lever). The reason they put MR instead of the four dots is because the SF was made for foreign markets that might not be familiar with Olympia’s ‘four dot margin release that also unsticks stuck typebars’.

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