Early 1950s Olivetti Lettera 22
Up for sale is an interesting early Olivetti Lettera 22 which was made sometime in the early 1950s in Italy. Unfortunately the serial number records for this model are rather unreliable and incomplete, so I can not provide an exact year of manufacture, however this machine was made on the earlier side of Lettera 22 production. The font on this typewriter is a unique and rather pretty proprietary typeface (see second picture for type sample). This typewriter is in great shape both cosmetically and mechanically- almost near mint. The touch on this typewriter is rather light and springy-feeling, so it doesn't take too much energy to use for long periods of time. Everything works perfectly on this typewriter right down to the bell. Unfortunately this typewriter does not use universal ribbons, however Olivetti ribbons are readily for sale on eBay- otherwise you could re-thread the spools just as I did. This typewriter also comes with the original owner's manual, a small typing mat, and a dust cover. The original leather case is in good shape overall, however the zipper on the left-hand side has separated from the fabric a bit. This shouldn't be a major issue, however care should be taken while zipping the case. If you're looking for a slimmer classic foreign '50s typewriter that can still be used frequently and heavily, then this is a great choice to go with.