Lettera 32 - Have typewriter, will travelMonday, March 18, 2013
I saw this gem at a garage sale. Normally I would have snapped it up and just marveled at it. This typewriter however, has a story. It belonged to a lady called Fay.
Last week Fay handed me a package that she had been looking for. It was the spare typewriter ribbon. I asked if it was OK to tell the story of her typewriter. She said yes.
I've know Fay for years. She is a quiet, thoughtful and prayerful woman. Fay traveled the world as a missionary and this is the typewriter she took with her.
She bought it in Singapore in 1965 as she headed to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to serve with the Baptist Christian Missionary Service.
I love the design of this duck egg blue typewriter. So slick and compact with no excesses. Why waste space with a number '1' when and 'I' will do just as well. It was designed by Marcello Nizzoli and first produced in 1963. The marketing campaign was just as appealing.
As well as the design, I love the idea of the most no fuss lady I know, deciding that this was the typewriter for her.
This little olivetti has me dreaming of little letters left on thick yellow cards and long typed essays. I think, given the choice, I would have chosen this one too.
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