These really were steals. Good going!
ahh, I see you fell for the PayMaster check writer! I almost did myself, as they are somewhat typewriter-like and mechanically fun. The one I saw used an inking pad rather than a ribbon, and had setting to emboss the word "BONDED" above the check amount with a selector lever.
Degree symbol - that almost trumps a pilcrow. But the 1/? That's hard to beat, especially in the US where I THINK the metric system is a long time catching on? Don't you amaze yourself when you realise how long you can spend just 'tinkering'? I do.
My room is much more messy. :PYour typewriter lacks the paper holder. xDI also have the same machine, but with a square type style. xDYou may visit my blog: http://joshbeta1.blogspot.com
I also just found and fixed up a $5 Olympia SG3.Mine is a little bit earlier; it has the old script Olympia font, but the newer color scheme, so probably 1967-68. It's also an elite typeface with a wide carriage and lever paper injector! (Incidentally, that paper injector is 85% of the reason I bought it.) It also has the degree, 1/, ^ and 'th' symbols, as well as a double spacing feature.This is the first standard typewriter I've ever owned. My frame of reference to compare against it is a 1957 Olympia SM3, which was the last typewriter left in my collection after I sold or gave away all others in preparation for a cross-country move. Even against the SM3, which it a fantastic typewriter, it's a noticeably faster typer. I find that I'm getting way less jams with the SG3. The keys stay perfectly square to the table and it's such a heavy monster that it refuses to move anywhere, which also helps to make it feel just a bit more confident than the SM3. At the lightest setting the SG3's touch sensitivity is almost as light as SM3 on a medium setting, my default preference, so I'm not sacrificing anything there either.Overall I'm very impressed with the SG3. When serviced, it types about as perfectly as anyone could expect from a manual machine. People who like typewriters owe it to themselves to at least try one of these at some point. The only downside is how absolutely massive it is; they require dedicated space, but man do they type nice.