So this weekend was yet another dud for me, but I did happen to snag this 1960’s portable typewriter. Luckily we decided to stop at a garage sale that had been open for three days and to my advantage they had just marked all typewriters down to $2.00! Yes, I did say typewriters plural—there were four that I left behind. I almost grabbed a second one but I’m so glad I gave it a good look over, because it was missing a key.
I now have an Italian-made, sea-foam blue, Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 portable typewriter. I think the matching carrying case is just adorable and very useful, making it easy to transport.
From the information I found on Wikipedia, this typewriter was designed by Marcello Nizzoli in 1963. Another fun fact I found on Wikipedia was that famous novelist and playwright, Cormac McCarthy used an Olivetti Lettera 32 to write his works on. When he found a replacement of the same model, but in better condition for $20.00, he decided to auction off his old one at Christie’s and donated the profit to a charity. That typewriter, because of its history, brought in a whopping $254,500! How cool is that?
I do believe that the early bird gets the worm, but sometimes the best bargains can be found on the last day of a sale.