The Valentine was first produced in 1969 in time for the holiday with which it shares its name. Olivetti designed the Valentine to be lightweight, portable, and of course beautiful, to appeal to the romantic and itinerant natures of artists and poets, who would feel more at home writing on a cafe patio or the beach than in a cubicle desk. The company also released a series of stunning posters to promote the new “anti-machine” machine, as they called it. I’m particularly fond of this one. My new baby is one of the originals produced in 1969, and I love him because his Y and Z keys are mixed up, which I believe adds character.
So how on earth could I compete with a gift like that? I don’t know, but I think The Boy was pretty pleased with what I got him.
I hope everyone had a holly jolly holiday, and a splendid new year!
All photos by Xander Keeping, except for the last one, which I took myself and also happens to be the best one.