27 Apr 2015

Brilliant blue

197X  |  Neckermann Brillant Rekord S  |  3603240









Sent from my new Neckermann Brillant Rekord S

25 Apr 2015

Submit your stamp orders now

It's that time again, the fourth round of typewriter stamps. This will be the only round I do this year so be sure to place an order if you want anything! As always, the minimum order is $5 and shipping costs are additional and I will ship worldwide.

I will accept orders until Friday, 1 May. I'll submit the final collected order on the following Sunday and I will try to send out all your individual orders by 15 May.

Read more about this round of typewriter stamps

Look through the stamp catalog and place your order

As mentioned, I will be offering return address stamps. The cost will be $4 each. If you're interested in one of those, select a stamp image that is bold and will not suffer detail loss when reduced in size. Let me know how you want an address stamp with that image and show me how you would like your address to be formatted exactly. I'll get back with you with a couple drafts using different fonts for you to choose from.

12 Apr 2015

Olympia SM series (part 2, 1964-1980s)

This post covers post-war segment-shifted Olympias of the SM line from 1964 to the 1980s. It is part 2 in a series of 2. See part 1 here.

All of the pictures in this post have been found on the internet and come from the collections of myself and other typospherians, as well as current and ended online auctions, and are presented purely as examples essential to this post. No infringement intended.

This post will be edited when new information becomes available, especially with model examples. If you have an example with a serial number and photo, please let me know because every piece of information connecting age with finish/colors helps!

SM8/SM9: 1964-1979

The SM8/SM9 was introduced in 1964 with an all-new segment shift design and a new body. The keys were off-white with turquoise accents. The logo was originally turquoise as well.

The SM8 is an SM9 without the keyset tabulator and touch selector. It also has body-colored carriage ends, rather than chromed as with the SM9.

SM9 - 2521859 - 1964


After only a year, the logo went back to the traditional metallic finish in 1965, retaining the turquoise shift keys and carriage knob ends.

SM9 - 2711423 - 1965

SM8 - 3372259 - 1968

As before, a stripped-down version without a tabulator was offered, the Monica.


In 1968, the color of the entire keyboard was changed to charcoal grey, as well as the carriage knob ends. The carriage return lever now is able to fold down to fit the new smaller black case.

SM8 - 3721460 - 1969
 Sometimes, machines of this generation have light grey keys. Sometimes the light grey keys are accompanied by green shift keys, as below. This is a peculiar instance where the new Olympia International orange logo is present with the old script logo.



In 1969, a similar but completely new body shell was introduced along with moving the tab set keys from the sides of the spacebar to the left of the keyboard. The white paint was also brightened. The touch selector was moved from there to under the ribbon cover. This marks the introduction of the new all-caps Olympia logo.

SM9 - 3917209 - 1969

SM9 - 4236821 - 1972

I have also seen one example with off-white typing keys and all the function keys charcoal grey.

As early as 1970, new carriage knobs were introduced on the Monica, while the old knobs were still being used on the SM9.

Monica - 4117705 - 1970


By 1974, the new knobs were used on the whole SM range. A new textured paint for the white sections was also introduced, replacing the semigloss.

Monica - 4638501, 1974

SM8 - 4680632, 1974

By 1977, the knobs had been changed to be completely black. This is the final version of the SM9 produced, and is said to be of lower quality than the previous models. It was produced until 1979.

SM9 - 5268393 - 1977 

SM9 - 5976626 - 1979

A version of the Monica with yellow paint was sold during this time as the Sunshine.

Sunshine - 5215242

Post-SM9: 1970s-?

The SM9 design lived on for a few more years as the Monica in a new plastic shell with an interestingly curved rear and bright colors. At this point, the quality has decreased significantly and is nothing like the excellent writing machine the SM9 was in the late 60s and early 70s.

Monica - 6037267


Monica S

The Olympia SKM is another design based off of the SM9, it appears to essentially be a wide-carriage SM9 with some modifications to make it look more imposing on a desk. I have dated this model to 1971 based on the accompanying sales slip, which does not align with the numbers on the typewriter database.

SKM - 0063973 - 1971

During this time, Olympia also was rebranding Japanese-made machines as well as Robotrons. While I can't say the Japanese Olympias were any better than the last West German Monicas, the East German-made Robotron Olympia Monicas were excellent machines to the end.


As with the carriage-shifted Olympia SMs, there was a Colortip version of the SM9 produced. It is interesting because it had a keyboard locking mechanism that would lock certain keys in three different positions.

Colortip S

Colortip S

Colortip S

A black version of the SM8/SM9 was produced for the West German military for several years.

SM8 - 4173425



Hopefully this has helped clear up some of the confusion regarding the Olympia SM series. Again, if you have a correction or additional information, please let me know!