The Typewriter Database

To find out when your typewriter was made, start by choosing the brand from the select box below.

Select Brand:

Green Serial #'s • Black notes, no #'s • Grey no info.

LOG IN  |  FORGOT PASSWORD?  |  REGISTER TODAY
The Typewriter Database 1969 Olivetti Valentine Serial # to follow From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ton Sison: 1969 Olivetti Valentine Serial # to follow The iconic Olivetti Valentine by Ettore Sottsass. It's unfair to compare it with the metal Letteras or Studios, it's just not in the same playing field. The most reasonable comparative examples would be the early 70s plastic Olivettis such as the bright yellow Montgomery Ward Escort 55, or the Jetsonian Lettera 25. Both of these have a more stable feel, especially the former since hidden within its stylish mod body is a Lettera 32. "Tocco Olivetti," the signature Olivetti touch is still palpable in Valentine, but it has a lighter, less solid feel to it than the two previously mentioned. To its credit, Valentine is not rattly and inelegant like the feel of a plastic Remington Ten Forty. So I'll say that in the context of its intended use- "to keep amateur poets company on quiet Sundays" -the typing action of Olivetti Valentine is not bad at all.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ton Sison:
1969 Olivetti Valentine

Typeface Specimen:


qr code

1969 Olivetti Valentine
Serial #
to follow

Status: My Collection
Created: 07-22-2014 at 05:46PM
Last Edit: 07-22-2014 at 06:53PM

Olivetti Serial Numbers
Olivetti Typewriter Galleries
Olivetti Valentine Typewriter Galleries

Description:

The iconic Olivetti Valentine by Ettore Sottsass. It's unfair to compare it with the metal Letteras or Studios, it's just not in the same playing field. The most reasonable comparative examples would be the early 70s plastic Olivettis such as the bright yellow Montgomery Ward Escort 55, or the Jetsonian Lettera 25. Both of these have a more stable feel, especially the former since hidden within its stylish mod body is a Lettera 32. "Tocco Olivetti," the signature Olivetti touch is still palpable in Valentine, but it has a lighter, less solid feel to it than the two previously mentioned. To its credit, Valentine is not rattly and inelegant like the feel of a plastic Remington Ten Forty. So I'll say that in the context of its intended use- "to keep amateur poets company on quiet Sundays" -the typing action of Olivetti Valentine is not bad at all.

Links:


 1 Hunter Likes this gallery.


Ton Sison
Username: TonS

In a parallel universe, I was once the Senior Vice-President of Design (Typewriter Division) at Ing. C. Olivetti & C.,S.p.A., Ivrea, Italy. In the real universe, I'm a Chicago-based casual collector and hunter of Olivetti typewriters, and related ephemera, publications, and film sightings.


1969 Olivetti Valentine Photo Gallery

Click a thumbnail to view slideshow