Mar 23, 2015 671

The Olivetti M1 was not really ready to launch at the opening of Turin's 1911 World's Fair. But Camillo Olivetti – who in 1904 had founded the company of the same name in Milan, moving it to Ivrea only four years later – had already rented a whole pavilion to present the first typewriter his company would manufacture.

He decided to dedicated the space to the people working to complete his brand's first masterpiece: the M1 – "completely made in Italy, patented in all the most important countries", as a brochure stated at the time – had a standard keyboard and 33-cm paper roll allowing for 110 characters, and featured two-colored ribbon, automatic reverse direction, and return key.

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Source: http://www.italianways.com/

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