195X Hispano-Olivetti Lexicon 80 #1087546
Created: 10-15-2015 at 07:26AM
Last Edit: 03-14-2019 at 10:26AM
This the only active typewriter at the town hall of my village. From time to time it serves its purpose, but it's mainly occupying a lot of room with its gargantuan carriage.
ItÂ´s a later Lexicon model, with decimal tabulator and these grey-blue-ish keytops, way more comfortable than the Black Hole keytops of earlier Lexicons. In addition, it has weird back feet. I don't know whether itÂ´s a normal feature of later Lexicons or those are mounted only on wide carriage models (this one has almost 170 columns). This one has to belong to the last generation of Hispano branded standards made in Barcelona.
It's in pretty decent condition, although it has some allignment issues. The worst thing is the "G", which types totally out of place. Anyway, it's fit enough to deliver at its not-too-demanding post.
As a curio, it sits on an Olivetti table. In fact, these are quite scarce, the most frequent typewriter table around here being the Involca Supernova. This Olivetti table is noticeably larger.
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In february 2019 the problems with the badly alligned G shoewd their true face. The typeslug was about to fly off, and it happened. Soldering typeslugs can be tricky, so it was decided to get a new typewriter for the town hall: an Olivetti Linea 98
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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