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Olivetti Studio 42
Serial #530226

Olivetti Studio 42

Studio 42 ad
Studio 42 ad. (Click to enlarge)
It's hard to believe that this modern-looking typewriter was designed in 1935! The keyboard is definitely made for use in Germany or another German-speaking country (note "Um Schalter" and "Ruck-Taste" for Shift and Backspace, and the QWERTZ layout), but the characters are distinctly English. No umlauts to be found. Yet we find a British Pound sign, dollar and cent signs. Could this be an all-purpose European keyboard, essentially a foreign-language typewriter to Germans? Note, too, that this machine was produced smack in the midde of World War II. What sort of international correspondence was written on this?

Olivetti-Underwood 21
Serial # 708255

By this time in its life, Underwood wasn't really Underwood anymore. This is an Olivetti that happens to have the Underwood name on it. Mechanically, it is based on the Studio 44.

Olivetti Praxis 48
Serial # 3010813

Praxis 48

The Praxis 48 is one of Ettore Sottsass's less famous designs for Olivetti. Although not terribly remarkable from a modern perspective, this electric was fairly radical when it was introduced in 1964. One wonders if there isnt a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright inspiration in the cantilevered keyboard and abundant right angles. The ribbon cover comes forward and tilts down in what may be a deliberate echo of the Studio 42. Inside, the ribbon spools are mounted almost vertically. Its power cord went missing long before I found the Praxis on a thrift store shelf, but it's nontheless a significant enough model in the history of typewriter design to merit displaying.

Download the manual for this typewriter here.

Olivetti-Underwood Studio 45
Serial # 1308853

Olivetti Studio 45

Olivetti Valentine S
Serial # 5837374

Valentine ad
1970 Olivetti Valentine poster.

Not the best specimen, but not a model for which I was willing to pay an extravagent price. Equal to the folding Corona for the cuteness factor. It's designer, Ettore Sottsass said that the Valentine was "for use any place except an office, so as not to remind anyone of monotonous working hours but rather to keep amateur poets company on quiet Sundays in the country or to provide a highly coloured object on a table in a studio apartment". This is the only typewriter I know of to have been sold as a fashion accessory in upscale clothing stores. Sottsass also designed the Elea 9003 mainframe computer (1959).

Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 32

See: Catalog Re-Brandings

Olivetti-Underwood 319

See: Underwoods


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