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2006/102/1 Typewriter with accessories, 'Lettera 22', metal / rubber / plastic / paper, designed by Marcello Nizzoli & Giuseppe Beccio, Italy, 1950, made by Ing C Olivetti & C SpA, Glasgow, Scotland, 1961. Click to enlarge.

Olivetti 'Lettera 22' portable typewriter made in Glasgow

Designed
The Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter was designed by Marcello Nizzoli. Nizzoli was involved in various avant garde movements, a skilled painter, graphic artist, architect, industrial designer and exhibit architect. Nizzoli is most renowned for his design consultancy work with Olivetti, which commenced around 1939.

Nizzoli became one of the instruments through which Olivetti was able to combine industrial design and the plastic arts to create new designs for its existing line of office products. …

Summary

Object No.

2006/102/1

Object Statement

Typewriter with accessories, 'Lettera 22', metal / rubber / plastic / paper, designed by Marcello Nizzoli & Giuseppe Beccio, Italy, 1950, made by Ing C Olivetti & C SpA, Glasgow, Scotland, 1961

Physical Description

Typewriter with case and documents, 'Olivetti Lettera 22', metal / rubber / plastic / paper, designed by Marcello Nizzoli & Giuseppe Beccio, Italy, 1950, made by Olivetti, Glasgow, Scotland, 1961

This portable typewriter has a very slim profile and compact design.

The Lettera comes with a soft plastic cover and a hard carry case, a cleaning kit with three brushes, an eraser, an erasure template and packets of tipp-ex.

The documents included in this acquisition are the original guarantee, instruction manual and the original invoice and receipt in an envelope.

Production

Notes

Manufactured in Great Britain by the Olivetti Company in the early 1960s. Marcello Nizzoli with the technical assistance of Giuseppe Beccio undertook manufacturing and engineering improvements, reducing the number of parts from 3000 to 2000. Streamlining was achieved with the introduction of pressure die-casting techniques. The key set is incorporated into the form of the body and, although the body is divided into two parts to permit removal of the cover, its unity is maintained.

History

Owned

  • 1962

Notes

This typewriter was purchased new by the donor in 1962. The donor was the personal secretary to the Executive Officer of The Australian Woolgrowers' & Graziers' Council. The Lettera 22 was suitable for use as a portable typewriter during the regular travels made by the donor with the Executive Officer. The donor had another typewriter for use in the office.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Wright, 2006

Acquisition Date

31 July 2006

Cite this Object

Harvard

Olivetti 'Lettera 22' portable typewriter made in Glasgow 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 January 2022, <https://ma.as/361382>

Wikipedia

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