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OLIVETTI ROMA (TPW 112)
Condition (In our opinion): 8/10
Item Code: TPW 112
It was in the early 1900s that the famous engineer Camillo Olivetti came to the forefront of the typewriter industry by establishing the Italian typewriter company in 1908. The company did not suddenly boom to its status, rather it was in 1911 that the first two Olivetti M1 typewriters were publically presented. The company kept producing modern portable typewriters till mid-1990s. It is famous for its advertisements which gave an overall flamboyant touch to the company’s products by featuring famous artist in later years. Olivetti started producing a number of electronics including computers, calculators, printers, photocopiers, etc. It is known for producing the first commercial programmable desktop computer and is currently a part of Telecom Italia.
The current model of Olivetti, i.e. The Roma conceded to the restrained design philosophy of Camillo Olivetti who said: ‘a typewriter must not be a showpiece for the salon, overloaded with tastelessness. It must look sober, and at the same time work elegantly.’ The 1970’s Olivetti Roma was a chic typewriter because the appearance distinguished it from the forerunners which were relatively monotonous. It had a red and gray body and casing made of plastic. The Roma had machinery similar to Olivetti Tropical and Lettera 82; but it typed better than them back in the day.
Apart from the historical perspective, the Roma can impart a very stylish literary look to your room, study, studio or lounge, as it can blend in to the theme easily and despite the age, add a modern touch to them. The typewriter is in exceptional condition with all the keys intact, with only a few scuff marks on the carry case which can be attributed to its age.
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