While this blog primarily focuses on the furniture and smalls that find their way into my home, I do have several other sub-collections within the overarching Mid-Century Modern theme which I've never really discussed in great detail. One of those would be my growing roster of 1940's to 1970's typewriters. If I include both my "workhorse" and "play" machines, the count now stands at 9, so it's a pretty substantial, if not particularly exclusive, collection. So, I've decided that a few of them needed to make their debut.
This little guy was adopted the weekend before last. Care to guess what's inside?
If you guessed an Olivetti Lettera 22, you'd be correct.
I was absolutely ecstatic when I brought this home at such a great price (1/2 off sale at a Kenrick Antique Mall booth!) because it is, in my opinion, the most gorgeous typewriter ever produced (with its non-portable stablemate, the Studio 44 a close second).
I apologize for the photo overload here. I just love it that much!
What a beaut', right?
Among the many others to express their shared love for the little Olivetti is one of my favorite singer/songwriters (and all-around cool guy), Leonard Cohen. To my surprise, he goes into great detail about the typewriter in many of his interviews.
Now it's time to decide which to bring out next.