1975 Olivetti Lettera 32 #8653474
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-30-2016 at 08:36AM
Last Edit: 07-30-2016 at 08:40AM
Along with the Maritsa 12, this typewriter arrived home for just 1 â¬. Half an euro for a typewriter is a good price, and for a Lettera 32 is even better.
At first I was going to consider it a parts machine according to what the seller told me. In theory this machine is hopeless, but I suspect it only needs good cleaning. The problem seems to be that the carriage sometimes doesnÂ´t stop. I mean, it darts freely to the left, but if you push the carriage release it goes back in place and the machine works normally for a while again. If itÂ´s a problem or making things go smooth I think I can deal with it.
There are other issues too, as the absolutely dried up ribbon and the rust. Even if this typewriter has been kept inside its case, rust has found its way into it.
Other issue: Spanish serial numbers. This one matches Ivrea numbers, although itÂ´s Spanish. Does it make any sense?
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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