Saturday, 19 May 2012

AEG Olympia Traveller de Luxe S

Still about the badge?
Functional, businesslike aesthetic

The AEG has a bigger footprint
Twins under the hood







Almost forgot - it came with an illustrated manual - available here to download [4Mb pdf]

15 comments:

  1. Something about this machine is very compelling -- but I couldn't tell you what it is, exactly!

    Perhaps it is the distinctive, clean lines of its styling, as well as the extremely readable, even typeface. Very good find!

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    1. There's something almost Olivetti about the side view - as if it was drawn with a broad-nibbed marker pen. The plastic trim is heat welded to the metal end plate. My guess is that they were trying to keep the body fabrication as simple as possible. It reminds me of folded cardboard.

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  2. Looks like new! But what's the difference between using a 0 or an O?

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    1. Not much difference by the look of it. Except that it sits next to the 9, which helps.

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  3. Looks like a very wonderful machine.

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  4. Good looking little machine, and it sure types nicely.

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  5. I've got one of these and really love it. For a traveling machine, it's a great compromise between ultrasmall and ultralight and a full sized portable. Thanks for sharing! Richard K/Texas

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  6. thanks for the post! I've got one of these...was only missing the manual after digging it out after many years...sweet!

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  7. Bought one of these in really good condition yesterday at a collectors fair for £12 - I'm really pleased with it and more so when I found your blog and the manual! Thanks for posting it. Mine isn't an S though - as far as I can see the only difference it the tab key.

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  8. I just got a Traveller two days ago - $5.00 US, I was thrilled! It types very nicely for such a little thing.
    Do you know where to find the serial #, I can't see one anywhere? Thanks ! Don L

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    1. Hi Don, I gave both the Travelers I had away because they are nice reliable typewriters. If the s/n is in the same place as the slightly older round bodied SF - on right, above - if you let the carriage go about 3 " to the left you'll be able to see the bell. Stamped onto the aluminium frame below it is the number. Then you can look up the date here.

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    2. Thanks so much for the info, I'll check!

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    3. You accidentally scanned page 3 twice.
      Nick

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  9. Hi there. I just bought an Olympia Traveller de Luxe typewriter, but I am unable to bring down the line-space lever so that I can keep the typewriter in its box. Can anyone tell me how to do that? Thanks again.

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    1. On the ones I have come across, including the two above, you simply lock the carriage with the rear l/h lever and push the carriage return lever down against a little resistance - but not much.

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