I don't have an SG1 so this is the first time I have seen this feature. Out of all the radio stations where I worked not one used copy like that. I don't recall if any had Olympia typewriters. Most I used were Royals or Remingtons and a few Underwoods until the Selectrics gained in popularity. Usually IBMs and any electrics were reserved for the office secretary. Copy writers, news and sports caster and on-air folks and the engineers only had manual typewriters.I know newspapers use spaces between the letters of a word or words to fill a column width.
I'd love to have my own radio station...xD
I have increasingly been exploring big, standard typewriters and appreciating more than I used to. The SG1 is a tank, but a very refined one. The Royal HH doesn't feel nearly as precise and smooth, but it is fast and a fine typewriter. My favorite at the moment, though, is the Remington KMC.I discovered your blog via Bill M's blog and have added you to the blogrolls on Writing Ball and Welcome to the Typosphere. Type on!
What is better? SG 1 or SG 3?If the SG 1 is a tank, the SG 3 is a spaceship... :P
I had an SG-1 nearly fifty years ago, when I was working on a correspondence course in electronics. I loved the typewriter--solid, precise, versatile. Hope to hear more from you and other readers. Marvin, email@example.com
My SG 3 is over thirty years ago. I learned how to type and the secretarial profession using an Olympia SG 3. The SG 1 is very likely. It seems the shell is the only, unique difference. While the SG 1 has a green shell, the SG 3 has a white and dark gray shell...xDYou can see my typecasts made with my SG 3 at: http://joshbeta1.blogspot.com
I think the wide-spacing key was for titles. I remember spacing between capital letters on a conventional Royal for that purpose. My Olympia SG1 is a dream machine. It's even got that elusive plastic paper rest and ruler!
The paper rest with line counter is the worthwhile feature in SG 1 and SG 3 typewriters...xD
SG 1? I have an SG 3!!...xDI suppose the SG 1 is as astonishing as the Olympia SG 3...xDThey are very neat machines indeed...xD
Howdy....digging through stuff and saw this posts to a blog I started when I was unemployed and having fun. Work now gets in the way. I love my SG1. I bought a Royal HH to do a head to head comparison but the Olympia beats the HH hands down. I am not sure why. I think everyone needs two typewriters. A SG1 and a Skyriter. The world of tossing a typewriter in the car...in the backpack and typing in the outdoors is a great experience.
Wide letter spacing exists on Olympia typewriters because it was used for emphasis in German (like how we would use italics today).