Sunday, August 19, 2012

La Macchina da Scrivere Pesante*

I plan on doing a much larger post about this typewriter, but I did want to post a quick picture of my newest acquisition. It needs some work and a good wash. I haven't even plugged it in to see what state the motor is in. Regardless, I am fairly certain that these heavy (as in 65 lb.) typewriters are unusual.




* The quality of this translation rests solely in the hands of the very clever boffins at Google. If you know better, please let me know.


14 comments:

  1. Another of the many typewriters I've never before seen. It looks nice and it also looks like it will never run out of ribbon.

    Is that the draw band laying on the carriage?

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  2. Pesante indeed! That looks positively monstrous, and this is the first I'm hearing of - and seeing - an electric Olivetti Lexikon 80. Nice catch! The brown tape looks like something that would be found more with a treadle-operated sewing machine than a typewriter, though. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    The Italian translation sounds good to me :P

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  3. looks fantastic, and i really like the carbon ribbon spools attached to each side.

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  4. Man, I thought it was a lawn-mower! Interesting find, let us all know how it types...or mows.
    And the translation is right.
    Ciao!

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  5. Awesome and breathtaking! I'm very glad that you got this pretty behemoth. Looking forward to learning more. It really looks pretty clean, so my bet is that it's going to work when you plug it in.

    Here's a site that shows a nice blue one along with many other Olivetti models.

    The Lexikon 80E is pretty unusual, I think, even in the country of its manufacture. In the US, this is the first one I've ever seen.

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    1. The dealer sticker is from a typewriter shop in Scottsdale that closed long ago. I'll have to ask our local typewriter guy if he heard of them before. I wonder why so few were purchased? I'll have to find a SN to date it, but were they competing with other well-know electrics? I don't really have a good answer for that.

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    2. Never seen one, not even here in Italy, so it must be a rare one.
      Una rarità!

      Ciao

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  6. I saw this on ebay, glad it was you who won it!

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    1. Thanks. I was worried that I would be out-bid, but it's a large typewriter. The market for big typewriters is pretty small.

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  7. Charlie Bukowski is the Royal HH user of the month! Do they allow him on recommended reading lists for high schools? :D

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    1. Some of his poems are in our textbook. They are still pretty gritty, though.

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    2. Ahh, a good reason to have faith in American Education, as long as the kids have the attention span to absorb it. (:

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  8. I think you should name this one "Princess Leia" because of the cinnamon buns on the side of its head.

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  9. Very nice find. I, too, happened upon this on eBay and was amazed by the sheer mass of the machine. I should hope you will posting a video of it in action once it is up to the task.

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