Typewriter Valentine – dei battiti sulla carta

This vintage typewriter called Olivetti Valentine, has got a story to tell you.

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It’s a love ❤ story which can be read all over Venice, around alleys and squares.

The legend narrates that one night Orio, a Venetian fisherman who used to live in the city district of Castello, not far from San Giovanni in Bragora Church, was fishing in the Venetian lagoon when he found a mermaid stuck in his fishing nets with whom he fell in love.

Every night he went back to the same spot where he first saw her to meet her again. Melusina, the mermaid, was in love with him too, although she prevented him from visiting her on Saturdays. He was so curious to understand why he couldn’t, that one Saturday he sailed to their usual meeting place where a giant snake emerged from the water.

He was about to kill it when he realized that it was Melusina, who would be under a curse turning her into a snake every Saturday unless someone married her. Orio and Melusina soon got married, had 3 children and lived happily for a while until she got a mysterious disease and died.

Broken-hearted Orio kept leaving his house every night to go fishing and every time he returned home noticed in amazement that his place had been perfectly tidied up and cleaned, day after day. Once he came home a little earlier and found a big snake on the floor which he instinctively killed.

From that day on, his home was never tidy again and so he realized that he had accidentally killed his lover who had secretly been helping him with housework. In memory of this love story a small love heart made of a red brick has been fixed on the arch of sotoportego dei Preti in Castello, Venice. It allegedly brings good luck to all lovers who touch it.

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Now the typewriter can go back to the Olivetti shop window in St. Mark’s Square, maybe it will tell you another story, another day.

The Valentine was created for the Italian brand Olivetti and designed in collaboration with the British designer Perry King. It entered production in 1969 but didn’t reach commercial success as it was technically mediocre and expensive. However, Valentines became a design classic and can also be found in the permanent collections of London’s Design Museum and New York’s MoMA.

Happy Valentine’s – Buon San Valentino

u <3 me venice
U ❤ me

Saint Valentine’s 2017 edition here

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Questa macchina da scrivere un po’ datata, la Olivetti Valentine, ha una storia da raccontarvi.

Una storia d’amore ❤ che lascia la sua traccia tra calli e campielli veneziani.

Una leggenda narra che Orio, un pescatore della laguna che viveva nel sestiere di Castello, vicino alla chiesa di San Giovanni in Bragora, una notte trovò una sirena intrappolata nelle sue reti e se ne innamorò.

Cominciò a tornare tutte le sere nel medesimo punto della laguna per poter rivedere Melusina, la sirena che contraccambiava il suo amore ma gli imponeva di non incontrarla mai il sabato. Incuriosito da questo divieto, un sabato si recò al solito punto dove però dalle acque emerse un gigantesco serpente.

Stava per colpirlo, quando si accorse che era Melusina, vittima di un maleficio che la tramutava in serpente ogni sabato. Solo se un uomo l’avesse sposata il sortilegio sarebbe stato sciolto. Orio e Melusina si sposarono, ebbero dei figli e vissero felici per qualche tempo finché Melusina contrasse una malattia misteriosa e morì.

Orio, col cuore spezzato, partiva ogni notte per pescare e con suo stupore quando tornava a casa trovava tutto in ordine. Rincasato prima un giorno, vide un serpente strisciare e d’istinto lo uccise.

Da quel momento la sua casa non fu più in ordine e capì di aver ucciso inconsapevolmente la sua amata che segretamente lo aiutava con le faccende ogni giorno. In ricordo di questa storia e del loro amore fu posto un piccolo cuore di mattone rosso nel sotoportego dei Preti a Castello: si dice porti fortuna agli innamorati che lo toccano.

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Ora la macchina da scrivere, torna in vetrina al negozio Olivetti in Piazza San Marco, forse un giorno vi racconterà un’altra storia.

La “Valentine”, creata per Olivetti e progettata in collaborazione con il designer britannico Perry King, è entrata in produzione nel 1969. Tecnicamente mediocre e costosa, non ha mai raggiunto un successo commerciale. E’ diventata però un pezzo di design e si trova, oltre che a Venezia, nelle collezioni permanenti del Design Museum a Londra e del MoMA a New York.

Happy Valentine’s – Buon San Valentino

u <3 me venice
U ❤ me

San Valentino 2017 edition qui

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