1945 Olivetti MP1 Ico #99365
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-05-2021 at 11:51AM
Last Edit: 02-05-2021 at 11:54AM
The patient hunter gets the prey, that's the teaching of Kauyon of the T'au. For those not into Warhammer 40K this might make no sense at all, but it summarizes my experience with this model.
From my first days collecting typewriters the MP1 Ico was one of my favourite models. It's one of the "good" Olivettis, awesome in every aspect and (with caught my attention) with the perfect blend of elegance and functionality. Olivettis are by far the most common typewriters in Spain so I thought there was a good chance I would get one, but nope. Looks like the MP1 was either not produced at the Hispano Olivetti plant in Barcelona or it only came out in small numbers in favour of the larger, seriouser (which in itself is not a serious word, seriously) Hispano Olivetti Studio 46, which is our rebranding of the original Studio 42. I can't fully confirm this theory, but I've NEVER seen a Hispano Olivetti MP1 Ico, and everything that came out from the Barcelona plant until the launch of the Lettera 32 came with a Hispano Olivetti badge. So the MP1 turned out to be an elusive one, and it's taken 228 typewriters before this one to finally bring an MP1 Ico home.
Not that I'm not happy with it, but I got the er... "ugly" one. The matte grey. The less flashy, But so far it's the only reasonable one I've found, and in pretty decent condition. It's one of the few Italian Olivettis running around Spain, and coincidentally I found it just a bit after my Invicta MP1, which is an MP1 ICO thrown into an uglier shell manufactured by a slave- I mean, a partner company of Olivetti. More on that story on the links. Long story short: good, but it could've been way better and easier.
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
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