1957 Olivetti Studio 44 #905620
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-01-2020 at 08:51AM
Last Edit: 07-01-2020 at 09:07AM
This is my second Studio 44 originally intended to be a part machine but that is now back to working conditions, thanks to the body received from s/n 821624.
The Studio 44 became unusable after a ruinous fall that caused the body to break and the deformation of some elements of the carriage, the most obvious being the paper bail.
Straightening everything was quite laborious, but in the end everything works well and the machine is now perfectly functional.
Few words about the dating of the Studio 44 are useful considering the obvious problems in identifying the correct production date based on the serial number that are observed by scrolling through the database galleries.
The Studio 44 produced from 1952 to 1958-1960 have the same serial number as the Studio 44 produced in 1966-1967, but can be easily identified by observing the following external modifications:
- 1952 to 1956 approx. (s/n 694.264 to 888.718 approx.): black, thin and less shaped keys (see No. 821.624);
- 1956 approx. to 1964 approx. (s/n 888.718 to 460.000 approx.): black, thick and more shaped keys (see No. 905.620);
- 1965 approx. to 1967 (s/n 460.000 to 1.003.997): grey keys, identical shape as previous series.
Late Studio 44 can be easily distinguished from early of the '50s also for the different vibrator and the transparent plastic paper press flaps.
So, the Studio 44 with serial number 905.620 could have been either produced in 1957 or in 1966, but is sufficient to look at the keys to know the correct date.
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Interested in historic motoring and vintage cars, I received a typewriter as a bonus when I bought and old off-road car. The previous owner had found somewhere a typewriter produced for the German army and when he sold me the car he gave me the typewriter too. As I learned later, it was a1961 Olympia SM7 Robust..
Of the typewriters I value more character than perfection, the signs that time has left and the stories - or fragments of stories - of those who used them ...
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