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19XX SIM Littoria Serial # unknown 19XX SIM Littoria typewriter, Serial # unknown James Gifford's 19XX SIM Littoria typewriter. 2017-05-21 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 19XX SIM Littoria Serial # unknown This little beauty came out of a home in New Jersey. Never heard of the model, or of its manufacturer, which I believe is SIM (Societâ Industriale Meccanica). I'm not certain on the vintage. The carriage is frozen so I can't find the serial number (yet). I did some research and found this on the blog anthilldog: "Italy had its own fascist typewriter of which I have one of each model it's called the Littoria, the Model's creation desired personally by Benito Mussolini, the office model was produced by Invicta and the portable by Everest. It was not issued like the SS models and was used in offices and could be bought in shops like any other model on the market, it bore no symbols on keys it just carried the name Littoria a symbol of fascist Italy, together with fascist production stamps on the back stating it was product of Italy as most goods at the time. After the war most were destroyed as in Germany, they're very rare now and few survive." But more reading is in order. I particularly love the embossed lettering of the model name.

19XX SIM Littoria #unknown

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 05-21-2017 at 06:47AM
Last Edit: 05-21-2017 at 06:52AM


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This little beauty came out of a home in New Jersey. Never heard of the model, or of its manufacturer, which I believe is SIM (Societâ Industriale Meccanica). I'm not certain on the vintage. The carriage is frozen so I can't find the serial number (yet). I did some research and found this on the blog anthilldog: "Italy had its own fascist typewriter of which I have one of each model it's called the Littoria, the Model's creation desired personally by Benito Mussolini, the office model was produced by Invicta and the portable by Everest. It was not issued like the SS models and was used in offices and could be bought in shops like any other model on the market, it bore no symbols on keys it just carried the name Littoria a symbol of fascist Italy, together with fascist production stamps on the back stating it was product of Italy as most goods at the time. After the war most were destroyed as in Germany, they're very rare now and few survive." But more reading is in order. I particularly love the embossed lettering of the model name.

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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