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1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 Serial # ???? 1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 typewriter, Serial # ???? Brad Sarno's 1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 typewriter. 2020-08-30 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Brad Sarno: 1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 Serial # ???? Please help me locate the serial number on this Lettera 31, same as Dora.

This great little typer was sitting at an antique mall for months, so finally I bit. At $24.50 I figured it was a nice little score. This one is in great shape, had a good ribbon, no issues, needed basic cleanup. The Lettera 31 is the same machine as the Dora, the Montgomery Ward Escort 33, Underwood 315 and probably a few others. Under the hood it is a Lettera 32 machine but with the tabulator removed, the touch control removed, and also no paper support either.

This one was actually made in Italy. I've seen so many of this machine variant coming from Spain and Mexico, but this is a real Italian machine. It types great, feels great, looks great on the page, and generally exudes that nice Olivetti quality. The plastic body is actually VERY thick and solid, a robust machine with a nice solid feel and sound. This has a smaller elite typeface that is not quite as small as 12-pitch, but it is smaller than 11-pitch.

The vinyl case is splitting here and there, but generally is in good enough shape to be a reliable protector and carrying device.

Once I find out where to find the serial number, then hopefully I can put a year on it. Any help here would be most welcome.

bradsarno@ymail.com

1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 #????

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-01-2014 at 11:41AM
Last Edit: 08-30-2020 at 05:22PM


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Please help me locate the serial number on this Lettera 31, same as Dora.

This great little typer was sitting at an antique mall for months, so finally I bit. At $24.50 I figured it was a nice little score. This one is in great shape, had a good ribbon, no issues, needed basic cleanup. The Lettera 31 is the same machine as the Dora, the Montgomery Ward Escort 33, Underwood 315 and probably a few others. Under the hood it is a Lettera 32 machine but with the tabulator removed, the touch control removed, and also no paper support either.

This one was actually made in Italy. I've seen so many of this machine variant coming from Spain and Mexico, but this is a real Italian machine. It types great, feels great, looks great on the page, and generally exudes that nice Olivetti quality. The plastic body is actually VERY thick and solid, a robust machine with a nice solid feel and sound. This has a smaller elite typeface that is not quite as small as 12-pitch, but it is smaller than 11-pitch.

The vinyl case is splitting here and there, but generally is in good enough shape to be a reliable protector and carrying device.

Once I find out where to find the serial number, then hopefully I can put a year on it. Any help here would be most welcome.

bradsarno@ymail.com

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