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1964 Olivetti Lettera 32 Serial # 8559066 1964 Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter, Serial # 8559066 Mei Travis's 1964 Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter. 2021-03-20 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1964 Olivetti Lettera 32 Serial # 8559066 Purchased locally from Mena, AR for only $20, because it was missing its bail. I rigged it with a rod weight, and it works, but the paper has to be smoothed with each return. A fellow typewriter hunter sent me a bail from an Underwood Olivetti but unfortunately it's too different, and we all know that's not going to stop me, so I hacked it by lashing it with safety wire directly onto the margin rack. The bail can't be lifted, but with careful insertion, the paper slides easily underneath. Lo and behold, I finally got the thing to type okay, at least enough to enjoy the perfect little characters and the mushiness of the keyboard. :-)

1964 Olivetti Lettera 32 #8559066

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-08-2020 at 02:36PM
Last Edit: 03-20-2021 at 05:55PM


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Purchased locally from Mena, AR for only $20, because it was missing its bail. I rigged it with a rod weight, and it works, but the paper has to be smoothed with each return. A fellow typewriter hunter sent me a bail from an Underwood Olivetti but unfortunately it's too different, and we all know that's not going to stop me, so I hacked it by lashing it with safety wire directly onto the margin rack. The bail can't be lifted, but with careful insertion, the paper slides easily underneath. Lo and behold, I finally got the thing to type okay, at least enough to enjoy the perfect little characters and the mushiness of the keyboard. :-)

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