The (almost) $1 Olympia Traveller

I met up with a good friend today for lunch.  He is always kind enough to keep me in mind when he’s out at yard sales and such, knowing that I collect typewriters.  He recently sent me a text message asking if he should buy this Olympia Traveller DeLuxe for one dollar.  I said HECK YEAH!

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The 1977 Olympia Traveller DeLuxe SN 5-3260264

Brought it home after lunch.  Re-threaded the ribbon correctly (folks notoriously thread the ribbon into the vibrator incorrectly).  Rolled in some paper – perfect!  A small amount of cleaning and she’ll be ready for the party!

It did cost me slightly more than a dollar, I picked up the tab for lunch.  HA!  Still a screaming deal!  Thanks Bryan.   ~TH~

SC Coronet Super 12

Here we have the Smith-Corona Super 12 Electric, serial number 6LEF 518359G.  Rescued from my late mother-in-law’s home.  It was packed away decades ago, filthy.  I spent the past hour cleaning gunk out of it, and letting the “engine” run.

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Original purchase receipt shows that this critter was purchased new at Dahlkemper’s Department Store on October 31, 1981.  My wife tells me that this department store was actually a showroom.  You carried a clipboard with you and wrote down the items you wanted, then placed the clipboard on a conveyer belt that carried it to the back room for item retrieval.  Out would come your items on another conveyer to be rung up.  I’ll bet that kept five-finger discounts to a minimum!


Oops – purchased in 1981.

Nice, crisp type.  I had to clean it up a bit, and it took a while for all the keys to snap back to life, but I got her back on the road!

Here is all the associated ephemera.


The original sales receipt, October 1981.  Paid $225, but it should have been $222.  Looks like the clerk was skimming.



Good first impression; I’m impressed.


Five LPs for ten typing lessons.  Oh no, now I have to find a record player!






This white correct-o gunk was all over the insides, turning into glue. Yuck!




Lag Time – Plus Thanks For The Info!

Thank you to my typewriter homies for the info on the upcoming typewriter event in Morgantown this month.  I plan to be there Friday and Saturday.  Rumor has it that luminaries Richard Polt and Will Davis may attend, among many others.  I’m so excited I can hardly type without jamming the slugs!!

Now to the whining…

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Typed on the 2005 Brother SX4000.  ~T~

My Second Lettera 25

This is my second Lettera 25 by Olivetti.  I didn’t really need another Lettera 25, but it was $26 total, and I felt that was fair for this machine in this condition.  I’m guessing that as I spread the word around locally that I’m a typewriter enthusiast I’ll stumble into better deals.  In the meantime, online auctions will have to do.  ~TH~

Olivetti Lettera 25 - 6016142

Olivetti Lettera 25 – 6016142

Typing, thirty seconds after I unboxed it.

Typing, thirty seconds after I unboxed it.

After a little cleaning, and a minor repair… DING!

After a little cleaning, and a minor repair… DING!

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The short but effective, foldable carriage lever.

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