Olympia SM3 DeLuxe  
Written by Accutron on 2017-02-22  

The popular SM3 manual typewriter is the third iteration of Olympia's SM series of medium-sized portable typewriters. The SM series began in 1948 as the Orbis typewriter, a temporary brand name used by Olympia when they first moved production out of Erfurt, located in Soviet-occupied East Germany. The Orbis/SM1 slowly evolved into the SM2, with numerous slight cosmetic tweaks but a largely unchanged mechanism. The SM3 was the first major upgrade to the functionality of the SM design, adding a manual tabulator.

The SM3 was popular among writers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, perhaps the most noteworthy being science fiction author Frank Herbert. Herbert used a SM3, identical to the example pictured here, to write the epic novel Dune.

Olympia SM3 Operating Instructions (PDF)

Olympia SM3 DeLuxe portable manual typewriter.

SM3 DeLuxe, rear placard.

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