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I just inherited an Olympiette 3 typewriter (the orange and khaki one) and can't find anywhere online a manual for how to change the ribbon nor what ribbon I need so I can see if it's still sold anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

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Tales a ribbon similar to what we call the Olympia SG3....

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    John Hoggard Jun 13, 2014

    Would an Olympiette 2 use the same ribbon as well? I have not found a ribbon advertised for the SG3. If a ribbon is advertised as Olympia, is it compatible with all of these typewriters (Olympia and Olympiette)? Thank you.



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You might try the office places (Office Depot, Staples, etc.). There are also online sources for ribbons. Here's one that came from a Google search for "typewriter ribbons". There were a few more, but this one had nice pictures.

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