Photo Negatives: Olympia Splendid 66 Typewriters (Black/White)
The funny thing about this keyboard is how many fractions it has - I would have preferred an exclamation point instead! Nevertheless, perhaps there will be some context in which this will be useful. Otherwise, this is a completely Anglophone QWERTY keyboard, in that there are no dead keys to type umlauts or accents (which one would find on an international QWERTY keyboard). That doesn't bother me!
Why this and not the Swissa? It is never easy to explain why one $10 typewriter seems a better deal than the other when both are in pristine, hardly-used condition. It's a close call, but let's say that the unusual color scheme and qwerty keyboard gave this Olympia a distinct edge. Also important is that this is a more compact typewriter and it slides in perfectly on my 38cm high bookshelves, which the Swissa would not. Besides, the chances of finding another Swissa in Switzerland are pretty high, while one does not come across a German-made and London-sold Olympia everyday.
If you look at the larger version of this picture, you can make out the label of Olympia's business in London, which is where this machine was sold. That is also interesting - the only other place I have seen black Olympia Splendids is on eBay UK, so they must have been popular there. Once upon a time, I was contemplating purchasing one of them (it had a script font, so doubly appealing), but I decided against it due to the high postage fees. Glad it turned up over here eventually!
Sadly, this one isn't script, as you can see from the macro type slugs. Still a good buy - besides, I have a script SF already so I am covered when it comes to the lovely Olympia Typestyle 69.
In contrast to the smooth flat paint of the white Splendid, this one is slightly textured, but still glossy. It's an interesting finish - not quite as overt as "hammertone", but I like the subtlety.