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29-6-2020 06:01:24  #1


Typewriters business still in demand in Myanmar's Yangon

I was happily surprised to read typewriters are still used professionally in some parts of the world.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1166336.shtml

 

29-6-2020 10:23:57  #2


Re: Typewriters business still in demand in Myanmar's Yangon

Unless it's changed recently, this exact service is also quite common in India and the Philippines, and I would suspect throughout SE Asia. Five years ago one such street typist in India made the news when his machine was destroyed by a police officer.

On another key, your article would make a great ad for Olympia:
'What typewriter do professional typists in Myanmar prefer? Why the Olympia SG3, of course! Durable, reliable, and easy to use, this air-cooled wonder can churn out legal documents all-day-long.'

Not that I could ever make a living from it, but a few times a year I get paid to create a typewritten document (most often it's bad poetry). https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png
 


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29-6-2020 13:00:20  #3


Re: Typewriters business still in demand in Myanmar's Yangon

Olympia should have hired you as copywriter when they still could.

Concerning the SG 3*, I can't see the keyboards very clear, but I assume they are Burmese?
So these people use old technology with a very specific keyboard.
For sure not your every day standard...

* Is it SG3 or SG 3? Pricelists, leaflets and manuals from Olympia use a space between the class and the number; SG 1, SM 9 etc. I think it's logical to write it the way Olympia did, but apparently a lot of people omit the space. I find it confusing, is there a reason for this?

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04-7-2020 10:05:26  #4


Re: Typewriters business still in demand in Myanmar's Yangon

Laurenz van Gaalen wrote:

Is it SG3 or SG 3? Pricelists, leaflets and manuals from Olympia use a space between the class and the number; SG 1, SM 9 etc. I think it's logical to write it the way Olympia did, but apparently a lot of people omit the space. I find it confusing, is there a reason for this?

I most often type SG3 because it's the easiest.

From all the Olympia materials I've seen, I can recall the company using one of three designators. End consumer-related items such as manuals would identify the machine (and all other models) with a space: SG 3. In other Olympia documents such as parts catalogues there's normally a hyphen in there: SG-3. And, in brochures and technical documents there wouldn't be a space or hyphen at all: SG3.

It would appear that not even Olympia could decide on a standard way to write its model names and all of the above forms are acceptable. Why the variants? It could be as simple as what a layout artist, copy writer and technician believed was most correct.


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04-7-2020 14:28:04  #5


Re: Typewriters business still in demand in Myanmar's Yangon

Thanks Uwe for your clear and interesting answer. I was not aware of the other two designators. I simply assumed that Olympia used the same designators in all publications.

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05-7-2020 10:21:23  #6


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For example:
https://i.imgur.com/VcCC0td.jpg


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05-7-2020 14:46:05  #7


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Peculiar. Was this typical for Olympia or was it common practice back in the days?

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