1977 Olympia TRAVELLER, ULTRA-PORTABLE Working Manual Typewriter

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With its retro good looks, compact size and modern keyboard, the Olympia Traveller is one of the more trustworthy, reliable and stylish ultra-portable typewriters ever made.

Olympia's signature German engineering, rock-solid mechanics and efficient keystroke make it a smart choice for regular daily use.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Writers, Collectors, Minimalists, and Typewriter Enthusiasts of all ages.

NOT FOR: Digital Junkies, Toddlers, Agents of ICE, Keychoppers

Manufactured during the 1970s in Sarajevo, aka the capital of the former Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Traveller was Olympia's maturation into the highly competitive field of ultra-portable typewriters.

Comparable to Hermes' Rocket or Olivetti's Lettera 32, Olympia's adaptation is often preferred by typewriter enthusiasts as the Traveller doesn't skimp on features or keyboard size. (Perhaps this is why Olivetti purchased the design and outsourced production to their factory in Brazil to make the Olivetti Roma and Tropical portables.)

Whereas the Lettera has flat slippy keys and a thin spacebar, the Traveller has full-size keys and a generous space bar, just like the SM series. In fact, the Traveller could be called a "Baby" SM9 with similar features and sterling solidity.

Notably, the Traveller's keystroke is swift and consistent, with touch control to adjust tension for the individual user. Its bell tone belies its size and the mechanics are intended for the highly productive wordsmith. The typeface is the writer preferred ELITE, yielding 12 characters per inch.

Uniquely compact, the Traveller's dimensions are quite sleek - a spare square foot and just 3 1/2 inches in height. The machine weighs in at 10 pounds, 11.5 lbs in its case which is a durable plastic snap-on cover. The snap-on case is easily applied, quick to engage, making it an ideal grab-and-go accessory for any adventure.

This machine is in EXCELLENT used condition

COSMETICALLY: The Traveller's exterior has only minor age-related marks (see: front rail, close-up of this detail in pic 9). The paint is crinkle-matte off-white and the charcoal frame pieces are high-quality glossy scratch-resistant plastic. The mainframe is metal and has no rust, dents or defects. The snap-on case cover bears minor stains and scratches on the interior conducive to a life well-traveled. It has been cleaned and sanitized and functions perfectly.

MECHANICALLY: This machine is in EXCELLENT mechanical condition. The platen has been treated to refresh its grip, mechanics have been cleaned, tested and lubed where needed and all functions are in full working order.

Make: Olympia
Model: Traveller
Serial #: 15-3981329
Year: 1977
Made In: Yugoslavia
Keyboard: Modern QWERTY
Color: 2-Toned, White & Charcoal
Typeface: ELITE 12 cpi

- Touch Control
- 88-character keyboard
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- Margin Release
- Pop-up Page Support
- Dual Color Ribbon Capability
- Automatic Ribbon Reverse
- Carriage Lock

- Snap-on Travel Case
- Laminated Copy of User's Manual
- NEW Black/Red Ribbon installed on Metal Spools
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad

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PLEASE NOTE: This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop. Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free. Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase.

***Price includes shipping & handling costs and insurance fees common with packaging and shipping delicate machines. ALL SHIPMENTS WILL BE INSURED AND REQUIRE SIGNATURE UPON DELIVERY.
For areas outside the continental U.S.A., an International fee is in place to insure expedited shipping and safe handling.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-2 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

Choose the Gift Option at checkout for an added special touch.
Gift wrapping consists of a personalized typed note on Crane stationery and a cheery satin red ribbon. Advance notice from the buyer is greatly appreciated to prepare as a gift before shipping.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. Generally a ribbon will last for several passes when the ribbon direction-change function is employed, this will give you 1-3 months of regular use and up to a year of light use before you need to buy a replacement. Recommended ribbon suppliers are included in your welcome letter.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur now offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

Reviews (1)


Sam did an amazing job ! And my typewriter is beautiful. She came as described. Beautifully serviced and expeditiously shipped to me with care. Sam was so helpful and kind in my interactions. I would recommend her and Teipiadur when you are ready for that special typewriter. It was a truly a Pleasure.

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