Monday, February 22, 2010

Olivetti Manual Type 32

Yes i still have it. The thrifty charm. I visited Birmingham this past weekend and of course insisted that we make a quick stop at America's Thrift Store. I quickly browsed through all of the shoes, accessories, and nick nacks and this is what I happened to stumble over.

Here are a few of the advertisements I found from back in the day. I think they are absolutley wonderful. The Olivetti 32 design was made to be very lightweight (7lbs) for journalists or traveling writers. It was designed by by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti in 1963 as the successor of the popular Olivetti Lettera 22.

above: designed by ettore sottsass for the olivetti valentine – 1969 ( note various artists commissioned to the valentine, branding 101 ) via ninonbooks

above: designed by Egidio Bonfante for the Olivetti Valentine – 1970 via ninonbooks

Cormac McCarthy
used an Olivetti Lettera 32 to write nearly all of his fiction, screenplays, and correspondence over a fifty year period from 1960 to 2009. In 2009 the typewriter was auctioned, and sold sold to an unidentified American collector for $254,500, more than 10 times its high estimate of $20,000. McCarthy paid $20 for a replacement typewriter of the same model, but in newer condition.

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