** Apologies for the typecast quality; looks like the no-scanner experiment is a bit less than ideal. Situation to be rectified shortly :-)**
This Mercedes Addelectra greeted us at the entrance, next to an assortment of pamphlets and (not pictured) copies of Di Donato's autobiographical works.
The reception desk is barely visible, surrounded as it is by typewriters.
A shot of the main room, featuring an impressive collection of Olivettis. Di Donato did not seem to mind duplicates much: there were several Studio 42s, Lexikon 80s, M40s, and M20s. We asked him about the Graphika and he drew a blank - he had never heard of it!
Another view of the main room, with the Hermes section straight ahead.
The Everest corner.
I know; I gasped when I saw her too. Yikes!
A Yost with teaching keys - interesting.
Another colorful keyboard, this time on a Lexikon 80.
This is an ordinary Olympia standard that was refurbished in a rather extraordinary way. I found it fascinating, but Di Donato was rather nonchalant... familiarity breeding contempt, I guess.
Optima Arabic typewriter, with beautiful glass keys.
This post ends on a bit of a grim note. The typewriter in question is not all that special - in fact, it is downright plain; one of those wedge-shaped plastic electronic typewriters. However, in keeping with the theme of the collection, its owner was newsworthy: Greg Summers, a death row prisoner executed by lethal injection in Texas in 2006. You can read more about him here, and also about his friendship with an Italian schoolteacher and her students in this article from TIME magazine. Here is the typewriter:
Like I did with the typecast at the beginning of this post, Greg chose to write his last letter in script.