Long before Woody Allen wrote the screenplay for Vicky, Christina, Barcelona (Rebecca Hall is superb as Vicky, so how come she didn’t get top billing?) I’ve  wanted to visit Barcelona.

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Not that I can really afford such a trip. What I can afford to do (just) is fritter my hard-earned dollars on Barcelona-related items like this 1972 typewriter …

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Apparently, Woody prefers his typewriters topless

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I may have raised expectations in my last post, sorry, but to me this Lettera 32 deserves top-billing. Its typing feel is looser than that of my “squishier, snappier” Glaswegian Lettera 22, but that’s no bad thing, and I can type more quickly and more accurately on the ’32’s finger-friendly square keys.

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Both these typewriters share the same Universal Pica typeface and I love them equally.

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Although the ’22 and the ’32 may look similar upon first glance, there are plenty of subtle differences in their body shape, paper rests, keytops, etc.

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Viewed from behind they look very alike …

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Apart from the carriage ends of course …

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Another Barcelona-related typewriter purchase I made recently was this pin …

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Designed by Javier Mariscal, Cobi  was the official mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and is generally recognised as being the most commercially successful Olympic mascot ever.

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The list of sponsorship partners who paid to have their products endorsed by this cheeky Catalan Sheepdog (in Cubist style inspired by the interpretations of Picasso of a masterpiece from Velázquez, Las Meninas) included such corporate heavyweights as Coca-Cola, Kodak, Xerox, IBM, and, as shown here, Brother.

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Seems like the ’92 ‘Games organisers struck a rich vein of gold!

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Cathy Freeman didn’t win a medal in ’92, but she knows GOLD when she sees it, and so do I…

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(The typewriter I mean, not the pin!)

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