Wednesday, December 12, 2012
My WWII German Field Typewriter
Here is probably one of the most valuable typewriters I have in my collection:
WWII German Field Typewriter. Many of these machines, called the "Olympia Robust" were also made after the war, but this one that I have was captured by an American Soldier and brought back as a war souveneir. (On the case, it has the man's name, and army serial number) Another thing you may notice right away is that is has a QWERTY keyboard layout, not a German QWERTZ keyboard that it would originally have. My theory on this is that the man who brought it back was able to change the keys around for use at home (when doing research, it showed he was a "semi-skilled mechanic" and probably could have done this. The keyboard still contains the Umalauts above the U,O, and A. It also still has (not rubbed off) the German Nazi SS symbol above the 5 key. The shift keys, along with the shift lock, and margin release key (I think) are also in German. There is also the instruction maunal pasted to the inside of the case (top - not in picture) which is written in German. I would have loved to know where this typewriter was caputred, and where it was.. What battles it was in. This typewriter was made for clacking away on the battlefield, not a calm peaceful office. Who knows who used it back in its day.
The man who brought this typewriter to America died in 2011 the same day his wife did. I got this typewriter at a bidboard auction for a steal in October 29, 2011. Only $75 won it for me. This one still works, although I never type on it. It is probably worth around $800-$1,000.
See my YouTube video on this for all of the information, and to see the bottom of the case where the man's name is located.
My YouTube channel: BKtypewriters101