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Friday, 18 June 2021

Olivetti Dora Portable Typewriter Brochure: 'Designed to Make Typewriting Even More Universally Available'

The Olivetti Dora portable typewriter (aka Olivetti Lettera 31, Ventura, Italia ’90 and Class, Underwood 315 and 310, Mercedes and Mercedes Super T, and Montgomery Ward Escort 33) is named for the Fiume Dora Baltea, a 110-mile long river in north-western Italy which runs through Ivrea, the home town of Olivetti. It is a tributary of the Po. It originates by Mont Blanc as the confluence of the Dora di Ferret, fed by the Pré de Bar Glacier in Val Ferret, and the Dora di Veny, fed by the Miage Glacier and Brenva Glacier in Val Veny. As it crosses the Aosta Valley, the Dora Baltea flows through the city of Aosta and near all the main cities of the lower Aosta Valley: Châtillon, Saint-Vincent, Verrès and Pont-Saint-Martin. After it enters Piedmont, it passes through Ivrea and a good part of Canavese and reaches the Po at Crescentino. It is popular place for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Dora Riparia is another tributary of the Po.


Bill M said...

Nice to know how a typewriter got its name.
The Dora is probably a cheaper typewriter than the Lettera 22 or 32, but at least the case looks like it is better.

Richard P said...

One of the least exciting typewriters ever, but this information and document do make it somewhat less bland!

Teipiadur said...

Thanks for the backstory, this is useful information. I pick these machines up wherever I can find them. They're easy to work on and I can list them for a fair price that appeals to beginning typewriter enthusiasts. Your blog is my favorite thing in my inbox every week - thank you!