Olivetti MP1 (Ico)

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In het Nederlands

Italiaan vervoegt de draagbare club

De Europese producenten haken veel later in op de 'Portable'-trend dan de Amerikaanse. Na Erika in 1927 en Continental in 1929, springt Olivetti in 1932 op de 'draagbare' boot met zijn MP1 (Modello Portatile 1). Beter bekend als de 'Ico', het acroniem van 'Ingegnere Camillo Olivetti' - de stichter van Olivetti.
Aldo Magnielli ontwerpt de MP1 in de gestileerde Art Deco-stijl. 

De Ico is een schot in de roos en, door zijn eenvoud, van alle tijden: pas in 1950 wordt hij uit productie genomen. Er zijn er dan 139.706 van gemaakt in het zwart, rood, grijs en bruin - en enkele andere kleuren (zoals hemelsblauw) op bestelling van speciale klanten.

Dit exemplaar is de Simplex-naamvariant (zonder rood-zwartomschakeling).

Italian joins the portable club

The European manufacturers zero in on the 'Portable' trend much later than the Americans. After Erika in 1927 and Continental in 1929, Olivetti jumps on the portable bandwagon with its MP1 (Modello Portatile 1) in 1932. This is better known as the 'Ico', an acronym for 'Ingegnere Camillo Olivetti' - the founder of Olivetti. Aldo Magnielli designs the MP1 in stylized Art Deco. 

The Ico strikes gold and is timeless because of its simplicity; it is only taken out of production in 1950. By that time, 139,706 have been made in black, red, grey and brown - plus a few other colors (such as sky-blue) ordered by special clients.

This specimen is the Simplex-name variant (without red-black changeover).

Olivetti MP1 (Ico)

  • Type : frontstrike, four bank keyboard
  • This machine dates from 1934
  • Its production started in 1932
  • Serial number : 12609

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