Olivetti Lexikon 80 Elettrica
Posted on August 24, 2016
At the time of going to press, there are two Olivetti Lexikon 80 Elettrica typewriters on the TWDB. Each listed separately: a 1958 ‘Elettrica’ owned by Uwe Wachtendorf, and a 1959 ’80 E’ sighting by Guillermo Fernandez Boan:
These typewriters either had standard tabulation or a row of decimal tabulation keys …
Image from il Laboratorio-museo Tecnologica@mente
Wilfred A Beeching (in his book Century of the Typewriter) says the first year of production was 1955. Guillermo and the TWDB tell us:
“Short lived, the Lexikon 80 E production span ran between the years 1956 and 1961.”
In fact, the Lexikon 80 E production span was a lot longer than that.
I know this because I have (in my collection) an ad for a Lexikon Elettrica which is printed on the reverse side of the cover of the July 1952 edition of Le Vie d’ Italia …
Whatever floats your boat …
According to the Finish Typewriter Museum, the Lexikon Elettrica (80 E) was first produced in 1948, however given this was the year that the non-electric Lexikon came out, I’d prefer to believe the Italians (Olivetti: Storia di un’ impresa) when they tell us:
“Between 1948 and 1960, Olivetti sold approximately 800,000 Lexikon 80 typewriters, including the electric Lexikon 80E, first produced in 1950.”
The Olivetti: Storia di un’ impresa site (link above) also features a rare derivative of the Lexikon 80 E, the Olivetti 84 which was first produced in 1961.
The fotogalleria has other interesting specimens, including this Olivetti Forum:
On the Lexikon 80E, the back of the machine protrudes out beyond the back of the carriage, to accommodate the large electric motor …
Here’s an eBay sighting from last year (I forget which country) …
An interesting machine to have in your collection, even if only on paper.
(Above) From my collection and a February 1956 edition of Le Vie del Mondo magazine
Collector and Typewriter Talk admin Uwe Wachtendorf owns the real thing, and gives his first impressions of the Lexikon 80E here.