In 1950, halfway between the harsh Italian post-war period and the economic boom, the first portable typewriter appeared: the Lettera 22. Due to its affordability, it quickly became the tool of a whole new generation of students and professionals, including authors such as Pasolini, Montanelli, and Biagi.
The partisan victory in World War II and the consequent defeat of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana opened the way to the proliferation of various neo-fascist organizations that counted with the connivance of state apparatuses and supranational groups. Together they provoked an era of maximum instability characterized by bloody attacks that constituted the Strategia della tensione.
Carrasco reflects the tense sociopolitical situation of that time by manipulating the Olivetti Company’s advertising images. He confronts the visual chaos with the democratizing modernity glimpsed in the period known as the Italian Miracolo economico that would be at same time the prelude to the turbulent 1970s.