Friday, November 10, 2017

About some typewriter guy

A colleague sent me this clipping from Boston Sunday Globe– "Thought you might enjoy this... about some typewriter guy."

Why hello, Tom Furrier. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

California Typewriter - two thumbs up!

Thoroughly enjoyed the very well made docu "California Typewriter" at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Must-see. It was also good to re-connect with Richard Polt and personally thank him for opting to use an Olivetti Lexikon 80 to type the Typewriter Revolution Manifesto in the film. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Olivetti Ico. Black.

* Typecast via Olivetti Modelo Portatile 1, Ingegnere Camilo Olivetti (Ico). Serial #20548–1935

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lettera 22 and the Conversion of Richard Polt

At exactly this time of the year in 2014, 
Richard Polt met up with me in Chicago.

Among other things, my goal was to get him to test-type my L22. See I stand firm on this theory: an Ivrea-made Olivetti Lettera 22, the taupe-colored 1950's model with round keys, when it is in optimal condition, ranks among the best laptop typewriters ever made. It will live up to its original reputation of being an awarded typewriter, and one of a select few chosen by New York's MOMA for permanent exhibition. I knew that Richard was not particularly fond of the L22, but after taking my Tom Furrier-refurbished beauty for a spin, this was his verdict...

Sigh. (;

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Birth of Olivetti Lettera 22 (repost from 11/29/13)

Watch vid 

* Adriano Olivetti: La Forza di un Sogno (2013). See Olivetti/Telecom Italia website.
* Thanks again to Mark Glusker. See his site Mechanical Calculation.
* Typecast via Olivetti Lettera 22 (1954).

Monday, August 14, 2017

T-Day is O-Day (repost from 06/23/14)

2014 vid

2011 vid

The Soul of Olivetti (repost from 10/30/13)

The Olivetti social conscience. 

This is yet another very good reason why I am a proud owner of Olivetti typewriters. Olivetti was a business that valued the worker as a human being and not as a mere cog in the assembly line. 9 1/2 months maternity leave with full pay, a pediatric clinic and day care center, after-school activities and summer camps for elementary and high school children of employees, five year technical-training course for high school graduates, housing settlements, a 30,000 volume Olivetti Library for employees and Ivrea residents... 

My name is Ton S., I am an Olivetti devotee.

* Typecast via Olivetti Lexikon 80