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The Typewriter Database 197X Olivetti Tropical Serial # 8318654 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf: 197X Olivetti Tropical Serial # 8318654 Despite its name badge, and serial number that falls in line with mid-'70s Lettera models, I'm not convinced that this typewriter was actually manufactured by Olivetti.

It's a fun ultra-portable, but only by virtue of its appearance and model name. In terms of its performance it’s an average machine at best. The wooden type action doesn’t inspire long writing sessions, and even if it did, you would still have to endure the disconsolate sound it makes.

The speculation surrounding the history of this machine is rampant on the internet - as you would expect. Some claim it has the mechanical innards of a Hermes Baby (I haven't verified this yet), and many erroneously state that it has the coachwork of an Olympia Traveller, which is absolutely not true. Not only are all the dimensions of this typewriter’s case different, its profile is completely different. The Traveller is flatter, has a deeper lip at the spacebar, and doesn’t have the raised rear panel behind the carriage that this so-called Olivetti has. What I won’t argue is that someone did draw inspiration from the Olympia design.

One last thing: “Let’s get Tropical!”

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
197X Olivetti Tropical

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197X Olivetti Tropical
Serial #
8318654

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-19-2014 at 10:27PM
Last Edit: 12-19-2014 at 10:35PM

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Despite its name badge, and serial number that falls in line with mid-'70s Lettera models, I'm not convinced that this typewriter was actually manufactured by Olivetti.

It's a fun ultra-portable, but only by virtue of its appearance and model name. In terms of its performance it’s an average machine at best. The wooden type action doesn’t inspire long writing sessions, and even if it did, you would still have to endure the disconsolate sound it makes.

The speculation surrounding the history of this machine is rampant on the internet - as you would expect. Some claim it has the mechanical innards of a Hermes Baby (I haven't verified this yet), and many erroneously state that it has the coachwork of an Olympia Traveller, which is absolutely not true. Not only are all the dimensions of this typewriter’s case different, its profile is completely different. The Traveller is flatter, has a deeper lip at the spacebar, and doesn’t have the raised rear panel behind the carriage that this so-called Olivetti has. What I won’t argue is that someone did draw inspiration from the Olympia design.

One last thing: “Let’s get Tropical!”


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Uwe Wachtendorf
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Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.


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