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Olivetti Valentine Vintage Retro Typewriter VGC 1960s Sottsass Design

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Vendedor: mr_naylor (1.078) 100%, Ubicación del artículo: hackney, London, Realiza envíos a: GB y muchos otros países, Número de artículo: 152338679701 Detalles: This classic typewriter is in very good condition. Showing some light wear (very minor for a 50 year old machine). Complete with its case its a great example of the classic Valentine Typewriter. Any questions please ask; I'm happy to take additional photos too. The Olivetti Valentine is the final (and ultimate) of Olivetti’s classic portable typewriters. It takes the lessons learned from the earlier Olivetti’s (namely the Lettera 22 and 32), and repackages them in a mod-tastic, swinging 60’s, retro-futurist package. A genuine design classic (an identical model is on display in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), there are relatively few available nowadays, and many of the examples listed elsewhere don’t have the case, accessories or feature much heavier wear than this particular one. This is the perfect gift for crafters, writers and designers. Designed by Italian Ettore Sottsass (the brain behind all of Olivetti’s most iconic 60’s products) and Briton Perry King, and launched in 1969, this was probably the most famous of Olivetti's typewriters. This example is in the Valentine’s signature bright red, but it was also produced in white, egg yellow, blue and pea green. It came with a slide-on case that ingeniously fastens to the back plate of the typewriter with rubber straps. Unfortunately, over time these would often dry out, crack, and break off. This example still has the straps intact, albeit with some age-related cracking- all are still working however. The platen is in great shape, being firm, but not hard or brittle. The typewriter appears to have been stored in its case for the entirety of its life, and is in excellent condition as a result. The body is made largely of shiny ABS plastic, while the case has a heavy matte texture, and some key structural pieces, such as the ends of the platen, are of painted metal. The bright orange caps of the ribbon reels perk up the actual mechanism, something which in other typewriters is typically hidden from view. The large fold-out handle on the back of the machine (what becomes the top when carrying it in its case) overtly invites picking up the Valentine and taking it along for a joy ride, much as the handle on the first Mac signified the same intent. The case itself was custom-designed to match the aesthetic, unlike most typewriter cases of the day, which were nondescript black or gray plastic, or perhaps semi-soft vinyl. This is another example of Sottsass' thinking about the whole user experience (as we would call it today). Compared to the electric portables that would soon supersede it, the Valentine is fairly light, and being a purely mechanical typewriter it has the benefit of not needing to be tied to a wall outlet. Of course compared to today's computer laptops it is a hefty and large beast. The Valentine was conceived as competitor to the inexpensive units coming on to the market from Japan. Sottsass had some interesting ideas about how to simplify and lower the cost of the machine, such as not having lower case letters (EVERYTHING WOULD BE SHOUTING IN UPPER CASE!), removing the bell that went "ding" at the end of the line, and using an inexpensive plastic for the case. Olivetti rejected all these as too radical, and used the higher-quality ABS plastic for the case, which pushed the price up higher than Sottsass had wanted. But in many ways it presaged the period in the 80's when stodgy, hard-to-use office computers would transition to the personal, portable computers and devices that we take for granted today. It was the consumerization of typewriting - an iconic consumer product meant to represent individual freedom of movement and expression, instead of being chained to a desk 9-5. In keeping with the spirit of the 60's and early 70's, this was a brightly colored poke in the eye to The Man, telling him to go stuff it because you're going to go enjoy a picnic and write your novel on the beach. Video from the BBC:

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