Wow, it’s been awhile since I posted – work’s been whippin’ me like a slave driver and I’ve got typecasts lined up that may never get posted. Today however, I did some crimes for your edification, and I must confess.
I went thriftin’ and saw a few typewriters – a 70’s Adler Universal 200 standard in nice shape except the escapement was non-functional, a brace of Sears-branded Silver Seiko electrics, and one 1970’s Olympia SM-9 in ratty shape. The SM-9 I was tempted by until I saw the price tag: $50 for a machine that looked like it had been dragged behind a car. No thanks.
But… Amazingly the machine retained it’s original paperwork, including the sales receipt. Ok, so $50 for a busted machine with dated sales documentation? Well, still no, but who was gonna miss the little pink slip of paper if I rolled it up in the machine and typed on the back, then pulled it out and examined it thoughtfully as if judging the machine’s print quality, then folded it up and put it in my pocket? (:
Nobody, that’s who.
So, why have I resorted to crime? Look closely at the serial number and date listed on the receipt: #4623699 sold in California on Feb 21, 1974. An excellent opportunity to sanity-check the Olympia list at the TWDB, right? Does this sales date make sense when compared to the manufacture dates we know about?
Well, how about that: #4623699 would have been manufactured in very late 1973, probably November or December. Shipped from Germany to a dealer in California and sold in late February 1974 makes perfect sense.
So, lock me up if you must for my crime, but rest easy that your Olympia dates are good and true, and incidentally, this bit of paper also pretty much makes it certain that our Olympia numbers are JANUARY 1, and not DECEMBER 31 numbers, as I have increasingly discovered is the case with some brands. Not bad for a little pink piece of purloined paper, eh?
Oh, and the trade-ins? a 1956 QDL and a 1924 Underwood 5. $20 trade-in for the pair. Bleh, I woulda kept the trade-ins :D