Got to talking with Bill Wahl down at MTE and he mentioned seeing an item in one of his old trade newsletters that indicated that the Olympia SM2 could be ordered with Segment shift (basket-shift) instead of the common Carriage shift. We both were dubious, considering the rather huge mechanical difference between the two shift systems, but later he dug out the newsletter and offered it to me to scan in as proof.
So here it is, from the April 1953 Ship-Ward News for Office Machine Dealers, an item in the changes for Line Book price data, indicating the Olympia SM2 could be ordered in either Carriage Shift *or* Segment Shift, with a $5 price difference.
Has anyone actually laid eyes on a Segment-shift Oly SM2/3/4? Does this mythical machine even exist? A conundrum wrapped in a mystery, for the Typosphere to solve! :D
PS: The rest of this interesting little newsletter is forthcoming in full in a future post. It’s fascinating! Also, the 1953 Olympias were *cheaper* than either Remingtons or Underwoods, by quite a lot, it appears.