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Vintage portable Olivettie Underwood Lettera 32 "laptop" typewriter from JunqueGypsy.Etsy.com

The Olivetti Lettera 32 is a portable mechanical typewriter designed by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti in 1963 as the successor of the popular Olivetti Lettera 22. This typewriter was popular amongst journalists and students.
Popular as a vintage prop, these have sold for as much as $319 on another internet site. In fact, just a scanned copy of the user's manual for this typewriter sells for $15 in another shop:

The typewriter is sized about 34x35x10 cm (with the carriage return lever adding about 1-2 more centimeters in height), making it portable at least for the time's standards.
Without any shipping packaging this weighs about 6 kg, or approx 11 pounds, a portable in its time.

Typewriters have been in the news lately. CBS Sunday Morning Show had a recent segment on the popularity of vintage manual typewriters, entitled "A Typewriter Renaissance." You can watch it here http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7397608n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

And another news segment reported that for some high security jobs around the world, particularly in Russia, the use of computers/internet is prohibited causing an upswing in demand for vintage typewriters such as this.

There is also a trend to use old manual typewriters for today's technology. See an Etsy feature here http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/handmade-portraits-usb-typerwriter/?ref=fp_blog_title

These are very trendy for weddings to use as an unusual and fun guest sign in. Especially appropriate if the bride or groom is a journalist, novelist, or executive assistant.

Go ahead, carry it in to your college lecture class or business meeting and wait for the stares...

This classic still works, but needs a new ribbon (still available on-line). I put paper in and typed away. The keys seem to function, the strikers hit the paper, back space, shift, and lock keys work, and the return arm guides the whole thing back to begin the next line of your next great American novel. Photo 3 shows actual typing from the machine using the red setting for the ribbon.

It is in very good condition. Because it has the vinyl case, the steel letters are less dust covered than is common in old typewriters.

This comes with the sleek blue vinyl carry case (made in Italy) with hard plastic carry handle (case has two zippers that meet in the middle to zip it closed), original diagram card, folded and still in the original package vinyl cover for typewriter when kept out on desk, correcto-type, brush in case, and typing paper. The original owners manual card is two sided, with diagrams of the machine and numbers and arrows labelling parts and what each feature does. It explains how to change ribbons, clean keys, etc.
I have pics of each side, but not enough spots to include in this listing. If you'd like to see the pics, just send me a request and I will send them to you.

Will be shipped US parcel post unless buyer arranges for a revised listing to upgrade mailing service. Send me your zip code before ordering in case I can list this at a more economical shipping cost.

See other cool vintage machines @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/junquegypsy/search?search_query=typewriter&search_submit=&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5556085&shopname=junquegypsy

No smoker, pet, musty odor (These are vintage items, though, so they are at least 20 years old. I will specify, if there is a noticeable musty odor.)

Shipped to you from my gypsy wagon in the midwest USA. Please send me your zip code if you'd like me to check for the most economical method of shipping to your specific zone.

****International sales welcome; just convo for specific shipping options. This is over the limit for the more economical first class international rates and would have to be sent international priority which is more expensive, but fully insured and faster.

Very prompt replies and shipping (check my feedback!).

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Vintage Typewriter, Portable Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 Original Laptop, Spy, Trendy Wedding Guest Book, Author, Mad Men Office, Portable


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: typewriter, metal, plastic, ribbon, vinyl case, paper, cardboard, brush
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 612 reviews
  • Favorited by: 43 people