Sunday, September 11, 2011

A.K.A. Pablo

What 99 cents buys. This is Pablo, my Italian/Spanish Olivetti Lettera 35 typewriter, circa 1972. This baby is all metal, and it's nice and shiny. I put a new ribbon on it and mostly cleared the jam that was keeping paper from going through. It's a wonderful machine. Life is short, and we need to find happiness where we can...tinkering with these old machines and trying to make them work, and hearing the clack clack clack when I type on them...few things make me happier in this world. Don't ask me why. I have no idea.


  1. Once you get the paper in (and there is a trick to it), it's a fantastic typer. It takes the index cards much more easily, though, so I've assigned it that purpose. I type my ideas on 4x6 index cards and file them away, so this is perfect for that. It's a great luxury to have several machines around so I can utilize them this way.

  2. Hi Randy, how do you like the L35 compared to other Olivettis? Are the touch and action similar? I think these typewriters look very cool.

    99 cents-- what a steal. I wish I lived somewhere not Hawaii with 99 cent typewriter sources!