Artistic Typewriter Licence

What I like about this 1985 postal cover is the use of artistic licence: smoke billowing out of the author's pen and the fact that the typewriter keys are non-contemporaneous with the author. Harry Sinclair Lewis died in Rome in 1951, aged 65. These look suspiciously like late 1960s-early 1970s Olivetti keys to me. In 1920, Lewis wrote his … Continue reading Artistic Typewriter Licence

Olivetti Poeti

Agustí Bartra (1908-1982) was a Catalan poet, playwright and literary critic. Can we therefore assume that his typewriter was made in Olivetti's Barcelona plant rather than in Ivrea, Italy? (Not sure where the chunky cardigan was made, but it does go nicely with his Studio 44.)  ~ Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo  (1901-1968) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature … Continue reading Olivetti Poeti

The Fountainhead

This 1999 postal cover commemorates Ayn Rand and her best-selling novel The Fountainhead... The protagonist of the novel, first published in 1943, is Howard Roark, an individualistic young architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. The novel has been referenced in a variety of popular entertainment, including movies, … Continue reading The Fountainhead