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Valentine Typewriter And Case

This is a Typewriter and Case. We acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded abs plastic, metal, rubber. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Intended by Sottsass, a designer and architect, to be the “antimachine machine,” the Valentine made a vivid statement in a market dominated by somber appliances. The bright red plastic casing brought emotion to the typewriter, differentiating it from business machines and inspiring the literary crowd.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Weekends With My Valentine.

This object was donated by Patricia Pastor.

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Cite this object as

Valentine Typewriter And Case; Italy; molded abs plastic, metal, rubber; 1986-99-40-a,b

We have 1 video that features Valentine Typewriter And Case.

Collections in Motion: Valentine Typewriter

Senior objects conservator Annie Hall opens up the case for the iconic Valentine typewriter, replaces the ribbon, and types a short message. This is a study object, not the same typewriter housed...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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