One typewriter that I wanted when I was fourteen was an Olivetti. I had started a commercial course at school and decided that my Empire Baby de luxe just wasn’t up to the job of doing the homework on it. I expect it would have been a lettera 22 that I had in mind. Not everyone taking typing and shorthand had their own typewriter, certainly my older sister never did when she attended a state grammar school. They were expensive things and not all parents could afford such things but I attended a private school and every student had one. It seems that the typewriter the girls wanted was an Olivetti, a must have just like a Raleigh Pink Witch bicycle complete with its own lipstick holder had been.
It was not to be and I ended up part exchanging my Empire baby for an Erika. The man in the shop said that the Olivetti was not a good machine, would wear out after two years and was really for journalists and such. The shop was an agent for Olivetti and supplied them on contract but did not sell them second hand or rent them out. Whether this was true or not I have no idea but now with old typewriters being so cheap I thought I would try one. With the lettera 22 fetching real money on Ebay and spotting a brand new Olivetti Dora which was old stock I went for the Dora.
Another one of life’s disappointments but probably I had built up in my mind that I had missed something by not having one. Still, never mind it only cost £10 and it makes a change to have something a little different to type with. I have done a review which was supposed to be under typewriters but I still have not got the hang of using this blog. Oh, and the Italian job? The Dora was made in Spain which is where the collectable Valentine was made. This machine has been referred to as the infamous Valentine. I wonder why, I cannot find out anything much about them. In the unlikely event of anyone reading this, perhaps they will know.