Olivetti Poeti

Agustí Bartra (1908-1982) was a Catalan poet, playwright and literary critic.

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Can we therefore assume that his typewriter was made in Olivetti’s Barcelona plant rather than in Ivrea, Italy?

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(Not sure where the chunky cardigan was made, but it does go nicely with his Studio 44.)

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Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo  (1901-1968) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on December 10, 1959.

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In 1996, the house where Quasimodo was born and raised (in Modica, Sicily) was opened as a museum …

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Can we therefore assume that his Lettera 32 was made in Ivrea, Italy, rather than in Barcelona or Glasgow? As a learned teacher once told me, in response to a wild assumption I had made:

“Assume makes an ass of u and me!”

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Let’s assume the typewriter that donated these keys was beyond repair!

3 thoughts on “Olivetti Poeti”

  1. Lovely post, thanks. Without assumptions, we’d be devoid of bigotry, conceit, jealousy and belaboured with fact-checking and the need to look at things (and people) from more than just one facet. My Ivrean, Glaswegian and Johannesburgian Olivettis laugh in the face of assumptions.

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  2. Love the quote. It’s the same quote emblazioned across the front of one of the class rooms when I was in the fire academy.

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