When I saw this blue Olivetti Lettera 22 in a local second-hand store I couldn’t resist it even though I already had two ’22s sitting at home.

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Unlike my taupe (Pica) Glaswegian ’22, this one is blue (Elite Italic) and made in Ivrea.

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The typing feel is very similar to that of my Glaswegian ’22 and both have round keys, which I prefer to the squared-off keys.

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There are a few subtle differences between the two however – while the key tops on both typewriters have the same diameter, the key tops on the Ivrean ’22 are flatter. This (plus the fact that the lettering on the key tops is slightly larger and bolder) gives them the appearance of being larger …

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The Ivrean ’22 has a darker (crimson) shift key …

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And the lettering “Lettera 22” on the ribbon cover of the Ivrean ’22 is bolder …

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… than it is on the Glaswegian ’22 …

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Overall, the Glaswegian ’22 seems marginally the better build quality (although they are both excellent).

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Could it be my 195X Glaswegian predates my 1956 Ivrean?

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Who knows!

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Thanks for reading. 🙂