It was awarded the Compasso d'oro prize in In the Illinois Institute of Technology chose the Lettera 22 as the best design product of the last years.
The typewriter is sized about 27x37x8 cm with the carriage return lever adding about 1—2 more centimeters in heightmaking it quite portable at least for the time's standards, even though its 3.
The model was eventually succeeded by the Olivetti Lettera The Lettera 22 is an oblique frontstroke typebar typewriter. Ribbon movement, which also occurs at every keypress, automatically reverses direction when there is no ribbon left on the feed reel; two mechanical sensors, situated next to each wheel, move when the ribbon is put under tension indicating ribbon endattaching the appropriate wheel to the ribbon transport mechanism and detaching the other.
The Lettera 22 uses a basket shift or segment shift that is, the unit including the typebars moves up and Untitled - Lettera 22 - Negative Tongue when shifting, as opposed to the carriage shift system. The Lettera 22 is quite compact compared to other s portable typewriters using a basket shift, such as the Smith Corona Sterling or Remington-Rand Quiet-Riter.
The Lettera 22 also features a tabulator setting and clearing system that is controlled from the keyboard, and an innovative margin release that does double duty as a paragraph indentation key it indents a paragraph when it is held down as the carriage is returned.
Aside from the typing keys, the keyboard includes a space bartwo shift keysone caps lock key, a backspace key and a margin release key. Of these, only the backspace key bears a mark on it an Untitled - Lettera 22 - Negative Tongue pointing rightwhile the other five mentioned are left anonymous. The character set conspicuously lacks the numbers 0 and 1which are supposed to be substituted by uppercase "O" and lowercase "l".
Although this may seem like a strange absence today, this was actually common on older typewriters. Also lacking are the keys Jeg Ser De Bøgelyse Øer - Lene Siel - I Danmark Er Jeg Født uppercase accented vowelssome of which are present in Italian ; however, these characters aren't typically found on modern keyboards, either.
Untitled - Marguerite Duras Lue Par Fanny Ardant - La Maladie de La Mort the character set lacks the number "1", presumably to be replaced by the lowercase "l", the "0" is present.
A British version is slightly different. The Olivetti Lettera 22 is mentioned on pg. The novelist Will Self poet and singer Leonard Cohen  and actor Tom Hanks  have expressed Untitled - Lettera 22 - Negative Tongue and ownership of this typewriter.
Indro Montanelli, the famous Italian journalist and newspaper director, used his Lettera 22 almost everywhere: a monument - inspired from a famous photo of him taken in the s - in a Milan's public gardens Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is dedicated to him and to his Lettera William S. Burroughs replaced his Remington typewriter with a Lettera 22 in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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