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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The reveal

Uriel is closest, getting about 80% there.  It is indeed an Olivetti made in Great Britain.  While I was posting this, Richard guessed it in the previous post - well done!








19 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that is exquisite! The Olivetti "membrane" aesthetic is very much evident in that molded typebar cover and in its verticality; it somehow resembles Lexikon 80 in that regard.

    As an avowed Olivetti fan, I'm happy to hear that you were convinced this was worth the investment. I somehow had the impression that you limit your acquisitions to typewriters in the wild. Congratulations, Peter!

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  2. The more I could see of this model the better I liked it. At first I entertained a fantasy that Nizzoli had an influence on it as sort of a "proof of concept" but an Italian source credits two other designers (architects, mainly) named Figini and Pollini. But nothing seems certain yet.

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    1. I think i Signori Figini and Pollini were the architechts who designed the olivetti heardquarters in Ivrea, but they were also consulted by Xanti Schawinsky when he designed the 42.

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  3. Somehow I knew Ton would be excited about this. I have never seen one of these. It is a great find. Congratulations.

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  4. It's a beautiful typewriter, and rare to find. Congratulations!!

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  5. What are you doing ordering boxes of "Kitty Arms"?!? poor, armless kitties! ):

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  6. Impressive! Yes, like Ton, I see some premonitions of the Lexikon 80 here.

    How's the feel on this thing?

    Thanks for educating us.

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    1. Prety good feel. I think it would benefit from some speed keys but very solid and sure.

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  7. A streamlined standard - Extravagant! Now, I realise the paper platen pressure rollers are metal - clearly Olivetti!

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  8. The Batmobile lives! That ribbon cover looks like stretched rubber. Amazing. Congrats.

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  9. Congratulations! I almost placed a bid on this beast but passed because of the vague description risk factor you mentioned. It is a very interesting machine. I'm glad it has a good home where it will be put to use.

    Inquiring minds still want to know: how does it feel?

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    1. I didn't know you looked on shopgoodwill as well as ebay. It was a gamble but I'm happy with it.

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  10. A very unusual looking machine. I think I like it.

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    1. It's very stylish and must have been a bit of a gamble in '47. I can't believe there's not more written about it.

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    2. Feel free to use one of the pics to update you site if you need to.

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  11. What a very, very interesting machine! Love it.... I almost want one. It feels like it was meant to write out evil plans on.

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  12. Your M44 has reminded me that I have yet to post about the Lexicon 80E I got a few months ago. I like your standard, though. It does look like it was designed my a group of confectioners. I hope that you have fun with your new find.

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  13. Congrats on the amazing find! And on Shopgoodwill no less! I check there occasionally, but there is hardly anything of interest. The one time I'm not checking it...

    Why am I not surprised that Ton was the first to comment on this?

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