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Portable Typewriter with Cover and Carrying Case

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Painted metal, plastic, rubber, leatherette
  • Place Manufactured: Ivrea, Italy
  • DATES 1950 (design); later manufacture
    DIMENSIONS 3 x 10 9/16 x 12 3/4 in. (7.6 x 26.8 x 32.4 cm) 3 7/8 x 12 x 13 1/2 in. (9.8 x 30.5 x 34.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS "Lettera 22" black printed silver metal label on top of machine. "Underwood Olivetti" black printed silver metal label above rubber roller. "Olivetti-Ivrea / made in Italy" black printed silver metal label on back of machine. Molded Olivetti logo on black handle of carring case. White printed Olivetti logo on soft plastic typewriter cover.
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    ACCESSION NUMBER 88.106a-c
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Portable Typewriter (a), plastic cover (b), and carrying case (c). (a) The typewriter is of low rectangular shape in light blue painted metal. The keys are dark gray plastic with white numerals, letters and symbols, and one bright red plastic tab key on the right side of the keyboard. The roller is black rubber. The paper holder and return handle on the left top of the machine are of silver colored metal. Model: Lettera 22. (b) The carrying case is of simple rectangular design which conforms to the tpewriter. It is made of light blue leatherette with a black leatherette band 2 1/4" wide which runs down the center of the top and bottom of the case. There is black leatherette piping, a black plastic and fabric zipper closure with black painted metal pulls, and molded black plastic handle with a molded Olivetti logo. (c) the soft plastic cover for the machone is of conforming shape, dak gray color, and has a white printed Olivetti logo on the lower right. CONDITION: The condition of the typewriter is good, but there is some loss of light blue paint especially at the top shoulders, right and left and at the front of the machine below the space bar. The carrying case is lso in good condition with minor scuff marks on the exterior. The interior of the case which is lined in a white felt-like material is slightly soiled and the fabric on the bottom of the case is partly unglued.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Marcello Nizzoli. Portable Typewriter with Cover and Carrying Case, 1950 (design); later manufacture. Painted metal, plastic, rubber, leatherette, 3 x 10 9/16 x 12 3/4 in. (7.6 x 26.8 x 32.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 88.106a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.106a-c_bw.jpg)
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