typewriters.ch kindly took me to see Herr Alfred Wepf, a renowned Swiss typewriter collector who resides near Lucerne, smack dab in the middle of ye olde Switzerland and thus far, far away from Geneva (we are practically in France, you see). However, having struck up a correspondence with Herr Wepf and salivated over his collection from afar (he sent me actual 3x5s of a few of his display clusters, as above), I was eager to embark on the three-hour train ride that would bring us to his house of marvels. And what a day it was!
Once we had moved to the dining table, we found a good selection of typewriters to play with, including this Oliver 9 (marked Courier). Conveniently, it had a qwerty keyboard, and never one to miss an opportunity, I rolled in some paper and went about a typecast:
As you can see, after a few lines on the Oliver, I absolutely insisted on some frakturschrift, and so Alfred brought me the Olympia. Now, when I heard he had a fraktur typewriter, I had been picturing a '20s Rheinmetall or Erika or Continental - something hefty and dark and brooding, to fit in with the somber typeface. What emerged was anything but:
It wasn't until after I had finished the typecast, complaining that the small "c" looked more like a "ch", that I realized that the actual "c" was located on the "4" key. Oh, well.