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Olivetti Lettera 31 Typewriter, 1965

This portable typewriter, also known as "the Dora", was designed in 1965 by Ettore Sottsass, one of the most influential italian designers of the 20th century. The use of colorful ABS plastic in the case helped to make this compact design a more portable and personal object, if compared to previous ones, made of metal alloys. Designed in Italy, this one was made in Mexico.

I have just found out, to my surprise, that colorful typewriters were not a new concept in 1965. Remington was already producing outrageously colorful machines by the 1920s!

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Taken on October 4, 2007