1960s Office Optima Typewriter

Typewriter Optima M12 – inserting paper

Sound of inserting paper into the typewriter Optima M12.
It is a type-bar typewriter classic for the mid-twentieth century. The typewriter’s platen is 34 centimetres long and therefore it allowes to type on A3 paper. The keyboard has the QWERTZ layout and includes Polish language specific characters.
It was manufactured by VEB Olympia Büromaschinenwerk Erfurt in 1960s and widely used in Polish offices. History of the company dates back to 1862 when it was established as Koniglich Preussischen Gewehrfabrik.

Manufactured by VEB Olympia Büromaschinenwerk Erfurt, Germany (GDR)
Sound level: 62 dB

Sound recordist: Jagna Firek
Photographer: Amadeusz Ferduła
Video recordist: Michał Dobrucki


1.6 MB
8 s
2 (Stereo)
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Recorded on May 22, 2014
Museum of Municipal Engineering
Krakow, POLAND
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