1954 Olivetti LETTERA 22, Working ULTRA-PORTABLE Manual Typewriter, Made in Italy

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OF ALL THE ULTRA-PORTABLE TYPEWRITERS STILL IN CIRCULATION... the OLIVETTI LETTERA 22 represents the" aging analog sex symbol" of the Typosphere.

First impressions may lead one to see a drab typewriter past its prime, think Kathleen Turner in line to buy milk at the grocers in this millennium.
But on further inspection, the LETTERA 22's enduring sex appeal becomes increasingly clear.
This tan typer features a siren-red tabulator, striking round, black keys, shiny Chrome-plated bits and bobs, and of course, the iconic slim silhouette.
Typing on a Lettera 22 is to understand what *Analog Attitude* is... Like running into Irene Walker at the grocery store and appreciating the gorgeous mature woman she is today, and yes, still out of your league.

This LETTERA 22 is designed for the productive writer - nimble and fleet, this typewriter delivers an impressive word count and is an incredibly efficient typer making it a desirable writing machine for regular, daily use. This particular typewriter stands out as it was manufactured in Italy and possesses the writer-preferred ELITE typeface, yielding 12 characters per inch - small type equals more words per page.

As with the entire Olivetti line, this machine combines design and function. Marvelous mechanics are supplemented by clever design features like the ingenious 2-piece carriage return lever, which folds for travel and the touch control gear, tucked discreetly under the hood.



The LETTERA 22 has perfect alignment, an Olivetti trademark attributed to the steel-tube carriage which glides over roller bearings, guaranteeing a smooth transition, line after line.


Make: Olivetti
Model: Lettera 22
Made In: Italy
Serial #: 192582
Year: 1954
Color: Tan
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: ELITE 12 cpi

- Dual Color Ribbon capability
- Line Spacing 1-3 settings
- Variable Line Spacing
- Red Tabulator Key
- Tab Set/Clear Lever
- Touch Control
- Carriage Lock

This machine comes with a laminated copy of the original user's guide, a NEW non-skid typewriter pad, and NEW Black & Red Ribbon installed on Olivetti metal spools and its original zippered vinyl travel case.

PLUS EXTRAS! + a NEW Backup Black & Red Ribbon in a Teipiadur Tin , + an Analog Field Notebook for your writerly musings.

IDEAL USER: Writers - especially scriptwriters, essayists, and short story geniuses.

NOT FOR: toddlers, key-choppers or the digitally insane.

This machine is in EXCELLENT working condition, with all features performing as designed and nice alignment. The inside is clean and dust-free; typebars have been detailed and the platen was treated to refresh its grip.

The all-metal exterior is in EXCELLENT cosmetic condition; its flat matte Tan paint is original and almost entirely scratch-free with no dents or gouges. All name-badges and decals are intact and the keys and exterior have been cleaned and treated with special protectants to enhance shine and prevent stains & scratches.

The vinyl carrying case is in GOOD USED condition with a working zippered closure and patched handle. The original button clasp piece is no longer with us and deemed unnecessary as the case closes securely via dual zippers. The case has age-related stains conducive to a life well-traveled and has been cleaned and sanitized to subvert offense. Should you wish to see additional pictures of the case, please ask.

The LETTERA 22 weighs in at 9 lbs. on its own and 11.5 lbs. in its travel case.

- Original Tan Carrying Case
- New Black & Red Ribbon on Metal Spools
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- Laminated Copy of Original User's Guide
- NEW Backup Red & Black Ribbon & Tin
- Teipiadur Analog Field Notebook

PLEASE NOTE: This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop. Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free. Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase.

***Price includes shipping & handling costs and insurance fees common with packaging and shipping delicate machines. ALL SHIPMENTS WILL BE INSURED AND REQUIRE SIGNATURE UPON DELIVERY.
For areas outside the continental U.S.A., an International fee is in place to insure expedited shipping and safe handling.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If local pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

Reviews (1)


Sam here is an absolute gem and a treasure. This is not just a typewriter shop, it’s a place of typewriter worship. Sam’s expertise, artisanal vision and handiwork shows and it sure did when I received my Lettera 22 in the mail today. It was packaged phenomenally well. Double walled box, you name it, it was safe and effective. The typewriter itself of course typed like a dream. It was clean, protected and the package came with such beautifully, well thought out additions like a custom Field Notes journal down to a lovely typewriter pad and back up ribbon in a crafted tin. Sam goes above and beyond and every little detail is a rare experience in itself. If you’re lucky enough to purchase a typewriter here, you will be thoroughly in good hands. I am over the moon and if that wasn’t enough, I’ll say it, I’d do it again. The best!

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