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197X Olivetti Lettera 25

Serial #4968518

This Lettera 25 is from the '70s, but I'm not sure exactly what year. Maybe circa '74. This is a Mexican-built version. Inside it very closely resembles the Lettera 32's that I've seen, but some features are removed, like the tabulator and touch control and the paper guide. This one came with the Olivetti vinyl carrying bag with shoulder strap. Despite the fact that it's not Barcelona or Italy built, this thing is excellent. It's a very comfortable typer, great feel, excellent speed, precision typeface placement on the paper. All of it is impressive and really is instantly one of my favorite typewriters to use. Also, for some strange reason, the loudness and tone of the key-strike is much quieter than the Lettera 33 from my collection. It's much more pleasant on my ears. The plastic case is rugged and well made. This Lettera 25 is in near-mint condition too. I couldn't be happier with it. This '70s look was designed by famous Italian designer Mario Bellini. To me it looks like it could have set the stage for the look of personal computers soon to follow in the late '70s like the Apple II. To me, this is an excellent performer and an excellent buy should one ever come across a Lettera 25. The typeface on this one seems to measure at just slightly larger than 10-pitch.

Owned By: Brad Sarno

Username: bradsarno
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.

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