Valentine Olivetti !!!4:34:00 PM
In the spirit of the typewriter, here is my post ala Courier. I have been salivating over typewriters for the better part of this year. Debating on getting a Kashba Mod refurbished model, you know the ones you've probably seen with the bright pink and teal colors. Any who while I think they are fairly sweet in their own right,the Valentine Olivetti by Ettore Sottsass... What can I say, but it has been on my mind since I learned about it in design history decades ago.
Ok did I just date myself? Ha... I guess while I'm at it I will also admit, I did learn how to type on a soulless 80's typewriter. So on to the story of how I found this sweet piece.
Serendipity of course... I was doing a random search online and came upon a typewriter refurbishing store that just happened to be in a town nearby. (As I said earlier, this model has always been on my mind, but my reservation was always that it was from an online seller and you just never know.) I mentioned this amazing find to Santa hubby and he decided to present it to me early. I guess I was a good girl this year haha.
You take that extra time to apply the proper pressure on the keys in order to make the darker imprint. At first this is a little difficult since everyone is use to the soft and quick response of the keyboard, but you get the hang of the rhythm of it.
As I was playing around with it today, I realized there was no #1 key, yet a blank key next to it. I was worried,was this a replaced key? Why was it broken? So I called the seller and asked what was going on. Apparently pre-war typewriters did not have #1 or ! marks. #1 is done by using a lowercase l and the exclamation mark was shown by using an apostrophe, back tracking and typing a period.
Such an interesting insight. Plus, since I hadn't used one in ages, I had to think about the settings, levers, margin setting etc. Sooo fun!
On that note here is an amazing documentary on the typewriter I recommend seeing : The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)