1966 Olivetti Lettera DL #4530775
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-21-2017 at 10:01PM
Last Edit: 09-02-2017 at 03:17AM
My first of the earlier DLs with the 32-style key tops. This makes it slightly less easy to type on than the later ones with the wider Valentine-style key tops. The red case is almost immaculate, the first Lettera I've found with the internal pocket and strap intact. Full brush and eraser kit too! Documentation and dust cover (!) were covered in sticky substance. Put the manual card into a plastic cover to protect from further damage. The left carriage return lever was bent from a heavy object stored on top I think. Thanks to Rev. Munk I realized I could easily bend it back with covered grips - easiest repair I've ever done! Love the machine.
Hunter: John Munroe (jamunroe)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.
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