Today we are excited to offer for sale a wonderful vintage 1960’s Olivetti Underwood Studio 44 typewriter with the original case! The Underwood Typewriter Company was a manufacturer of typewriters headquartered in New York City, New York. Underwood produced what is considered the first widely successful, modern typewriter. By 1939, Underwood had produced five million machines. Olivetti bought a controlling interest in Underwood in 1959, and completed the merger in October 1963, becoming known in the US as Olivetti-Underwood with headquarters in New York City. Olivetti S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of typewriters, computers, tablets, smartphones, printers and other such business products as calculators and fax machines. The first commercial programmable “desktop computer”, the Programma 101, was produced by Olivetti in 1964 and was a commercial success. Many typewriter enthusiasts consider Olivetti to be the Mercedes of typewriters, and it was favored by authors for years. Tennessee Williams used different types of Underwood typewriters, until he discovered this exact model, and it was all he used until his death. The “Studio 44” is the most famous of all Olivetti models. The Olivetti Studio 44 is on par with some of the best typing machines ever made. The typewriter sets in place inside a hardboard case. The lid of the carrying case can be removed. The typewriter is made in Spain. Set presents beautifully and is in very good vintage condition, with minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age and type of use. The case has minor surface wear and scuffing; there is minor wear around the handles and corners. The typewriter is in very good vintage condition, with very minor surface wear. All moving parts appear to be in working order. The typewriter will need a new ribbon. Item sold as-is. This is a great opportunity to own an iconic typewriter from an iconic company! Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of case: 16-1/4″ in length, 14-3/4″ in width, 7-1/2″ in depth
Dimensions of typewriter: 13-1/2″ in width, 15″ in depth, 5-1/8″ in height