OLYMPIA page updated and corrected at typewriterdatabase.com

The OLYMPIA page has been updated and corrected. OMEF 1980 expanded the serial number range of existing models (SM models gained *13* years of new serial number data and is now complete from 1950 to 1979!)

In addition to expanded and corrected date ranges for SM1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9, SF & Traveller, SG Models and most of the SGE models, we now have coverage up to 1979 for: Olympiette, Report, SGE 77,65,60,45 and SKM, models that we had nothing at all on before.

There’s some confusion between Schramm 62 and OMEF 80 on the SM2 model, similar to the confusion over Olivetti Lettera 22’s. In both cases the data from both sources is presented, with a note stating which I think is more credible.

If you’ve dated your Olympia before, please date it again using the new data. I had to correct a few typos made in the original numbers from Schumann’s data. If you weren’t able to find your date before, try it now!


UPDATE: I took a look at Source #25 and found a wealth of pre-sovietization serials for Olympia which corrects and expands Plana, Progress, Simplex, Filia and Standard Model 7 and 8, and *also* presents all new pre-war data on Standard Model 3 and 4. This has all been added. (Thanks, Georg Sommeregger!) (:

Updated: July 7, 2013 — 12:53 am


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  1. Thank you for all the fine work on the database.

  2. yes – Thank you very much! is the SM section “up to” or “from” the number?

    1. On all pages that I have edited with new info, all numbers are JAN 1 (first serial number produced for given year) unless noted as “up to” (usually the starting year) or if there is a month noted in the “month” column (rare). In cases where we have the full range of serial numbers for given years, they will be noted as XXXX-XXXX, that should be read as “JAN 1 to DEC 30”.

      This is also (usually) the case on pages I haven’t yet updated, but since I haven’t gone over those in detail, there’s no guarantee. (:

      I’ve added a note to all pages to clarify this.

    2. Just bought an Olympia Deluxe typewriter with case. The typewriter is matte green and serial #1140782. Wondering what model this is as the serial # possibly correlates to an Orbis model? Thank you for your work on the database!

  3. I have an Olympia Simplex typewriter I brought back with me from Germany. Its serial number is 0229775. I can’t find this number on your database. Do you know when this typewriter was made? It has a label on the back of the typewriter, BERLIN SW 68. Part of an address, I think.

  4. just bought a Olympia Werke AG typewriter. The only number I found was 1008312. I could not found that number on any data base.

  5. I have an Olympia I think 1933 as its 1-188239 which is model 7 but can’t find a olympia with 10s 100s 1000s on the top line can anyone help plz

    1. that’s a decimal tabulator.

  6. I have an Olympia traveller de lux made in Germany. With a serial number 31,4597 don’t find it anywhere. Please help. I want to know when it was made

    1. check your serial again, 31,4597 isn’t a real number.

  7. This number was founder under the basket in the middle of the type arms if you look straight down from the top to the bottom panel. Located just under the type bars. Its got to be recent cause the rubber is still rubbery on the platen its all in almost presitn condition

  8. I have a Olympia delux typewriter with the number 7566015,what year was it made. 0

  9. I have a olympia deluxe the only number I can find is 1381151 its maroon has a German made stamp

  10. Hello! I just bought an Olympia and would like some info on it the serial number is 1350308 and the year thank you

  11. Is the serial number etched in the metal on the bottom of the typewriter? I found the number 3714725 on the bottom. My guess is that it might fall within the range of numbers listed on your great resource page. It says that the numbers 2918569-3222680 correspond to a 1966 SM8 or SM9. Is that accurate?

    1. 3714725 doesn’t seem to be between 2918569-3222680 to me.

  12. My Olympia has a serial number of 1237245. It ‘seems’ to fall into the SM-2 group. Am I seeing that correctly? Not feeling very proficient as I look through your list.
    Any help at all would be great.
    Thank you

    1. Easy rule:
      SM-2 has no tabulator.
      SM-3 has tabulator key, but you set tabs in back at the margin rack. (manual tabs)
      SM-4 has tab key and tab Set/Clear keys on each side of the space bar. (keyset tabs)

  13. I have one with the number 95-0937121…printed below the arms that hold the paper? Is this the correct number?

  14. HI. I am trying to find the Splendid series on the list. They do not seem to appear on the table. I have a 66 with the serial number 5-990769 and I cannot see where it might sit in the table.


  15. Many thanks for your superb resource. I have a nice black Olympia “Elite” serial number 654185 – am I right in thinking this would be 1948? It looks very 1930’s in design and types as well as the day it was made! No user’s manual unfortunately…

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