Olivetti 'Valentine' typewriter

Olivetti 'Valentine' typewriter

Code: 10415


W: 33cm (13")H: 10.5cm (4.1")D: 35cm (13.8")


Olivetti 'Valentine' typewriter.

Ettore Sottsass designed the Valentine typewriter with Perry A. King for Olivetti in 1969. The plastic Valentine, "which is as light as a feather", became an instant classic and there are examples in design museums around the world. It is a wonderful example of Italian design, with great lines and shape to the bright red plastic casing with contrasting orange spools. Sottsass described it as “A Biro amongst typewriters” he wanted this typewriter to be used "any place but an office".

The plastic casing to the typewriter is free from any cracks or splits, however there are the usual wear marks and scratches that you would associate with an item of this age and use, these are mainly to the top where the machine has been taken in and out of the carrying case.
The metal supports which hold the guard around the space bar are well attached and solid, the chrome has retained it's finish and the keys and space bar work well. The folding carriage return arm folds out and works as it should. Both of the ribbon caps are present and both have their orange caps. The paper supports fold out as they should. The rubber catches to the case are well attached and sturdy. The case is from any cracks or splits, however it does have some scuffs and marks. This landmark typewriter would make a great addition to any collection.

Circa 1969.


Please remember that you are purchasing vintage items. They have lived a life and will have the age related wear which gives the items their original and unique character.

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