1972 Olivetti Lettera 32 #6211501
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-22-2016 at 02:48AM
Last Edit: 10-22-2016 at 02:57AM
Five Letteras 32 at home, probably more than I need.
This one is a parts machine. ItÂ´s thrashed and dirty, but after all it can be helpful for other ones. For instance, one of the other 32Â´s is in dire need of a new ribbon spool, and it comes in really handy having a typewriter which I can dismantle and (try to) put back together knowing IÂ´m not going to do more damage than itÂ´s already done. Oh, and thereÂ´s the spilled paint. Do typewriters attract it or what?
IÂ´m going to try my new (well, rescued after 7 years of inactivity) 2hp, 50 litre air compressor on this one. Cleaning it should be a good starting point.
One more thing. The serial on this one matches IvreaÂ´s and not BarcelonaÂ´s. I Â´donÂ´t get it. Even though Barcelona started following Ivrea numbers in 1971, they should have a 0, but none of my L32Â´s have a s/n starting with 0, and all of them have been made in Barcelona. I have a pretty wild range of s/nÂ´s which go from 1829782 to 8653474, and I donÂ´t have a clue on how to put them toghether.
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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