The Oliver Typewriter The Oliver Typewriter
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 5 No. 7 No. 9 No. 11
No. 4 No. 6 No. 8 No. 10 No. 12 No. 16
No. 15 (Gen. I) No. 16 Four Bank No. 20 No. 15 (Gen. II) No. 21 Remodelled
Fortuna / S.I.M. Patria Courier Consort M-Series
No. 3 (L) No. 5 (L) No. 6 (L) No. 7 (L) No. L-10 No. L-12 No. L-13 Revilo No. 5 Revilo No. 9
Courier Jacobi Jwic
Monopol-Stolzenberg No. 2 Monopol-Stolzenberg No. 3 Stolzenberg No. 3 Stolzenberg No. 4
Canadian No. 2 Canadian No. 3
Woodstock Way-billing Four Bank Prototype
My Olivers
V
iewing text as it is typed is taken for granted in the modern era. However, this was not always the case. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the typewriting industry was quickly developing. Before the Oliver typewriter joined the competition, the typist could not view the text as it was being typeset. This was industry standard across many successful typewriter brands including Caligraph, Densmore, Hammond, Remington, and Smith Premier. The ability to view the text as it was typed was first made possible by Thomas Oliver and his revolutionizing eponymic invention.
Oliver’s typewriter features two towers of typebars that strike down onto the platen, allowing the writing to remain visible at all times. This design allowed Oliver typewriters to be marketed and branded as "The Standard Visible Writer”. From 1893 to 1928, this downstrike mechanism was utilized by the Oliver Typewriter Company on every model they manufactured.
From 1928 to 1947, the Oliver Typewriter (Sales) Company, Ltd. (later known as the Oliver Typewriter Manufacturing Company, Ltd.) manufactured "British Olivers" in England which featured the downstrike mechanism. Beginning in 1931, other rebranded European machines were sold under the Oliver name. This lasted until May 1959 when the company was liquidated.
Every typewriter manufactured or licensed by The Oliver Typewriter Company or the Oliver Typewriter (Sales)/Manufacturing Company, Ltd. has been researched and presented on this website. My goal is to obtain one of every Oliver model to form a complete Oliver collection. The majority of machines shown on this site are in my collection. For machines I do not own, photos were borrowed and credit is given to their respective owners. Enjoy!
JETT MORTON
Standard Olivers

Oliver No. 1
Oliver No. 1
Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer
 
Export Olivers

British Olivers

Oliver Four Bank
Oliver Four Bank
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Greg Fudacz
 
Portable Olivers

Oliver Courier
Patria
Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer
 
Latin American Olivers

Oliver Latina No. 3
Latina Oliver No. 3
Fernando Costa
 
 
Oliver Latina No. 6
Latina Oliver No. 6
Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum
Herman J. Price
 
Revilo No. 5
Revilo No. 5
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Revilo No. 9
Revilo No. 9
Sirvent Vigo | Mobiliario Contemporáneo
Sirvent Bros.
 
Fabrik Stolzenberg Olivers

Linotype Co. / Canadian Olivers

Canadian
Oliver No. 2
Canadian Oliver No. 2
Gabriel Burbano
 
 
Canadian
Oliver No. 3
Canadian Oliver No. 3
Tyler Menard
 
 
A. Gregor & Co. Olivers

Courier
Courier
 
 
 
Jacobi
Jacobi
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Jwic
Jwic
 
 
 

Oliver Way-billing
Oliver Way-billing
Peter Weil Archives
 
 
Oliver Four Bank
Prototype
Oliver Four Bank Prototype
ETCetera No. 6
 
 

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