Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This One's For All The Vintage Typewriter Enthusiasts...And For Anyone Who Loves The Vintage '50s And The Ephemera There Of. This Optima Elite Might Not Be As Classy As The Smith Corona I Had A While Back But It's Just As Classic! Status: Wanting For A Bath.
I spotted the case waaaaay back in the back of a vendor's space at the Wentzville flea on Sunday. Lucky me...I got to lug this heavy beaut around for half the day after haggling it out of the vendor. Ugh. A lightweight it is not!
Except for the light soiling the Optima Elite is in excellent condition. Having a durable case helps,
I'm sure...but the credit really lies in the built-in idea that this was supposed to last. Products
designed and built back then were instilled with a quality that is sorely lacking today. Sure, this
model was surpassed by it's offspring, but these weren't expected to be abandoned like yesterday's
I-phone. These kept chugging right along!
And while the ribbon is dry at the moment, I'm sure this little guy would keep chugging right along
even now. It even came with the operating instructions! Nothing on it seems out of sorts...except
that the ribbon wasn't installed correctly (not that it mattered)...so I assume that it's in good working
order. I'm not about to try and find a ribbon for this before dropping it off at the booth. The next
owner will have to just have faith. I'm sure it'll pay off.