|A vintage photo of a Studio 44 alongside other Olivetti typewriters and office machines in a showroom in Italy.|
The taupe variant is the older of the two, it was made in 1952 (serial# 135349), the year Studio 44 debuted in the market, at Olivetti's Ivrea factory in Turin, Italy. The turquoise variant was made in 1965 (serial# 325030) at the allied Hispano Olivetti plant in Barcelona, Spain. Interesting historical note: the later model already bears the Olivetti-Underwood label (the "Studio 44" name was relegated to the back label), Olivetti acquired controlling interest of Underwood in 1963.
|A small but not insignificant improvement in the later Barcelona model on the left- a longer return lever.|
|"Sleek fluid lines and a low profile,"|
characterize Nizzoli's sculptural design aesthetic.
My two-tone re-styling:
Gemelli or gemelos (twins) sharing color-coordinated clothes.
|A Typewriter Named Desire|
Famous Studio 44 fan:
Tennessee Williams, playwright.
The Olivetti Studio 44 fan club (myself included, of course):
Florian of Maschinengeschreiben
Miguel C. of Modernidad y ObsolescenciaPeter B. of Manual Entry
Mike C. of clickthing
Ken C. of Swinging Typebars
Andrea of trOx-a musical project
If I missed you, please stand up and be counted.
Philippe Garner, Sixties Design (Taschen, 2003), and Revolution on a Keyboard. Vintage photos from Ugo Mulas and Foster Kamer.
* Typecast via Olivetti Studio 44 (1952 and 1965). I accidentally deleted my archived post on Studio 44. Rats. This is one of a number of ways I'll be making up for it.