This Elite typewriter and I were meant to be together. For starters, the Shift Keys are monogrammed with my initials…

OptimaElite_Top

… plus it came up on Gumtree not far from my home and I had enough money in my wallet to pay for it.

OptimaElite_Langle

Oddly enough,  while “Made in Germany” is prominently displayed on the paper plate, it has no other decal (apart from the Elite badge on the front).

OptimaElite_Rangle

Also, disappointingly, there’s no identifying manufacturer/distributer plate on the back. There are two small (clean) holes where a plate should be, but it doesn’t look as if a plate was ever fitted.

 OptimaElite_Rear

The serial number: 695845 dates it to 1951 – which is later than the last Olympia Elite serial number listed on the Typewriter database (before the East-West split in 1948). So it’s no longer anonymous, it’s an “Optima”.

OptimaEliteTypeface

A few relevant blog posts:

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