Monday, November 25, 2013

Factory Two-Tone or Marriage?

Apologies for the lack of typecasting lately. I should be able to type comfortably again soon.

I have a question for you Olympia fans. I'm curious about the typewriter in this auction (about to end on eBay.)




Did Olympia make a two-tone maroon with a gray ribbon cover? Or is this a marriage of two machines?

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  1. I was compiling photos of every Olympia variation and this is one I haven't seen. Since it's only the ribbon cover that's grey, that leads me to think it's not original. (Though it looks surprisingly attractive, to me, especially since the grey matches the case) All of the factory two-tones I've seen from Olympia include the carriage pieces as well as the ribbon cover in the second color. (Unlike Torpedo which produced two-tones with only the ribbon cover a different color as well as ones that had the ribbon cover and carriage parts)

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  2. Thanks Nick. I have a feeling you're right. I like the way it looks too.

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  3. Heh, I read that as "Do I get this Olympia, or save my marriage by not getting it?"

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    1. That's not far from the truth, Ted! I'm not in the market for another Olympia but I was tempted by the colors on this one. I think I'll pass and stay out of the doghouse.

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  4. I've seen several varieties of Olympia factory colors. That in your photo has not been one of them. I agree with Nick. I think someone put a grey ribbon cover on a maroon base.

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  5. Ah! sorry to say it but this actually IS original. I've seen several of this model with the same alternating colours:- Grey ribbon cover, Maroon base.

    Anyone a fan of the series 'Fringe'? One even features in a few episodes as Walther's personal typewriter.

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    1. Well, that settles it, then. If Scott has seen more than one example, I'm on board with the "Factory" answer. This is the first two-tone Olympia I've seen so I have no background to draw on.

      I love learning new things! Thanks to all who helped figure this one out.

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    2. Whoops... let me revise this. The typewriter in fringe had the colours the other way around.
      http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/7558/119oldlabtypewriter.jpg
      However, I stand by my comment that I have seen others of this colour arrangement. At the time Torpedo were producing machines with alternating colours on the top and bottom sections.

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  6. ....... aaaaaaaand... half way down Richard's own page!
    http://writingball.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/olympia-typewriter-postcards.html

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