Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 & Lettera 33  
Written by Accutron on 2017-04-10  

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Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 manual typewriter
Olivetti Underwood Lettera 33 manual typewriter (pictured in thumbnail)


Introduced in 1963, The Olivetti Lettera 32 is a small portable typewriter, once popular among students, journalists and other financially distressed individuals. The Lettera 32 was designed by Marcello Nizzoli, as a minor revision of his earlier Lettera 22 typewriter from 1949. In their time, the Lettera 22 and Lettera 32 were widely recognized for their efficient industrial design, which features a basket shift mechanism, keyset tablulator and a simplified body construction, in a highly compact form factor.

Two years after the Lettera 32, Olivetti introduced the Lettera 33, also known as the Lettera DL. The Lettera 33 shares the same mechanism as the Lettera 22 and Lettera 32, but features a modernized black-and-silver body style designed by architect Ettore Sottsass.

As with other Olivetti typewriters, the Lettera 32 and Lettera 33 were branded as Olivetti Underwood for the US market.


Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32 manual typewriter.


Olivetti Underwood Lettera 33 manual typewriter with caps lock enabled. Note the lowered basket.


Carrying cases for the Lettera 32 (right) and Lettera 33.

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