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Olivetti Valentine Typewriter - Design by Etorre Sottsass - Red Typewriter - 1969

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This iconic red Olivetti Valentine portable typewriter is in lovely condition and in working order.

The Valentine Typewriter was designed by Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King in 1969, and was produced by Olivetti in Spain.

This pop art design icon is featured at the MOMA in New York City and the Design museum in London. It is included in almost every reference book on 20th Century design. In 1970, the Valentine typewriter received the "Compasso d'Oro," the highest award for industrial design.

This version of the Valentine Typewriter was made for the United Kingdom, and has the pound sign rather than the dollar sign on the number 5 key.

There are a few minor issues to this typerwriter:

1. The red plastic is still glossy but as with all vintage Valentines has scuff marks along the top where the typewriter fits into the case.

2. Slight rust to the base bars (as seen in the 4th picture).

3. The margin stops don't appear to work.

4. There is a small dent where the return carriage lever has not been tucked away when placed back in the box (as seen in the 5th picture).

It comes complete with the original orange ribbon spool covers together with the red hard carry case. The rubber straps that attach the typewriter to the carry case are still intact and flexible. The ribbon that comes with this lovely typewriter is the original and can easily be replaced.

POSTAGE OUTSIDE OF THE UK - Sadly because the size and weight of this item is larger than the Royal Mails International size restrictions so this item will have to be sent by courier. As the courier costs differ so much from country to country PLEASE contact me for a quick shipping quote for your Country. The shipping price has been listed below as £0.00 for Everywhere Else, Non - EU & EU - This does not mean that the shipping is free on this item.


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Olivetti Valentine Typewriter - Design by Etorre Sottsass - Red Typewriter - 1969


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: plastic, metal, rubber, ribbon
  • Feedback: 101 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Lincoln, United Kingdom