In his excellent 2015 book, "The Typewriter Revolution, " author Richard Polt declares: The basket-shifted Olympia SM9 is by many measures the best portable typewriter ever made. Each time I load paper and put an SM9 through its paces at the end of the cleaning-and-repair process, I'm reminded what great machines these German typewriters are. Here's a short clip demonstrating Mr.
Polt's favorite machine (and mine) at work. The SM9 was introduced by Olympia in 1964, cementing Olympia's well-earned reputation as the Mercedes-Benz of typewriter makers. It's a marvelous tool, built without compromise, a delight under the typist's fingers. Polt goes into quite a bit of detail in his advice to shoppers for an SM9 typewriter. He recommends looking for machines that have the chrome carriage release levers on both ends of the carriage; the pop-up paper support at the back, and the touch control lever to the left of the keyboard.This typewriter has all three features. The SM9 had a long run, in continuous manufacture deep into the 1970s. What we have here is an excellent example of the model from 1967, one of the last to be built with the turquoise accents on the shift keys and the carriage end caps.
I've gone through this machine with care, cleaning, adjusting, checking every function. Now every operating feature of the typewriter -- every key and every control -- is working like new. Under the hood, as you can see, I've wrapped a fresh bi-color ink ribbon onto a pair of period-correct steel spools. This typewriter takes a standard "universal" ribbon -- but you won't have to worry about that for several hundred pages. The carry case has some staining and wear at the corners, but is solid and protects the typewriter well.I invite you to examine closely the specimen page, which shows the printed work this machine produces. The type pitch is 10 characters to the inch, the more common of the two most popular typewriter print sizes. The typeface you see here is called Modern Pica; its instant identifier is the lowercase g, with its open hook descender instead of the more common closed loop.
Clean and easy on the eyes, distinctive but without loudly calling attention to itself, Modern Pica is one of my favorite typewriter fonts. The great type designer Adrian Frutiger famously said, The whole point with type is for you not to be aware it is there. If you remember the shape of a spoon with which you just ate some soup, then the spoon had a poor shape.
I've done everything I can in this listing to show you, not merely tell you, what a fine machine this Olympia is. If you have any questions about its condition I'll try to respond promptly. The item "1967 Olympia SM9 De Luxe Portable Typewriter withcase & new ribbon working great" is in sale since Wednesday, February 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.