Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Svetlana Optima - New Ribbon Day!

Svetlana's new ribbon arrived courtesy of Tom at Cambridge Typewriter.  Recall that Svetlana is an Optima Super made in East Germany.  She lived in a basement for decades before crossing the border from Canada via ebay.

Svetlana totally missed the reunification of Germany.  We patiently explained it to her, but she has trust issues.

Like I said:  trust issues.  End comments by one of her co-conspirators redacted to protect the "innocent".

Svetlana Dusts off Tools of the Trade
Perhaps we should be concerned.


  1. Really cool pictures, but I couldn't read all the words!

  2. Good point. That's the problem with really shallow depth of field. A slightly redacted image of the typecast has been added with a portion removed to protect co-conspirators. Hint: My 11 year old plays these word games with the typewriters really well.

    Svetlana decided to share her rules for survival. They fill a whole page - not sure if I will post or not.

  3. That's a great picture of the Optima. Those German typewriters are just fantastic!

  4. That is a great post. You run a great blog with fabulous photos, what a pity I didn't discover you months ago!

  5. Thanks for the compliments on the photos! Photography is one of my primary hobbies. I shoot just about anything that moves and many things that don't. My photos are at


    Yep, shameless plug. Skip to the First Fridays folder for images of people playing with fire. Oh, there are zombies all the way at the bottom as well.

    Jason: I've been reading your typecasts and enjoy them. Both of my kids love to write and one loves old technology.

    Maschinengeschriban: I've been following your feed through the Typoshere when it shows and love the photos and writing. I finally figured out how to follow and am looking forward to your feed!


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