Posted on September 8, 2015
But what appear, on first glance, to be two of a kind, are actually two very different typewriters.
As Nick points out, referring to the SM8/SM9:
“In 1969, a similar but completely new body shell was introduced.”
In all photos, or pairings of photos, a 1968 Colortip-S is shown Left, and a 1970 Colortip-S is shown Right …
Apart from a difference in body shape, the other notable difference between these two is the presence, or absence, of a key blocking mechanism that distinguishes the Olympia Colortip-S from “ordinary” SM9 typewriters.
As we can see, the 1968 Colortip-S (left, rectangular feet) is equipped with a blocking mechanism, whereas the 1970 Colortip-S (right, rounded feet) isn’t.
- Delete the programming (clear the keys that are selected as free and lock all keys) – simply push the lever all the way back
- Programming (selecting the keys that are free) – pull the lever towards you and into the middle position (it will click into position) then press the keys that you want to be free.
- Writing (typing with the free keys) – pull the lever all the way towards you …
On the downside, the 1970 Colortip-S has a missing margin scale (that may change) and a chunk bitten out of its Total tab clearance lever (that may also change if the one on the ’68 is easy to remove).