The Oliver Typewriter
Welcome to Oliver Typewriters
This website is dedicated to the very first "visible" typewriter on the market- the Oliver. Before Oliver typewriters, "blind writers" dominated the market. When using a "blind writer", the typist must lift up the platen in order to read what had just been typed. The Oliver typewriter was the first to offer a solution to this problem.
Every typewriter manufactured or licensed by either the Oliver Typewriter Company or the Oliver Typewriter Manufacturing Company is presented on this site. The vast majority of machines on here are in my personal collection. For the machines I do not own, credit is given to their respective owners. Enjoy!
Standard Olivers

1
Oliver No. 1
 
2
Oliver No. 2
 
3
Oliver No. 3
 
5
Oliver No. 5
 
7
Oliver No. 7
 
9
Oliver No. 9
 
11
Oliver No. 11
 
Export Olivers

4
Oliver No. 4
test
6
Oliver No. 6
 
8
Oliver No. 8
 
10
Oliver No. 1
 
12
Oliver No. 12
 
16
Oliver No. 1
 
British Olivers

15 (Gen. I)
Oliver No. 15 (Gen. I)
 
16
Oliver No. 16
 
FOUR BANK
Oliver Four Bank
 
20
Oliver No. 20
 
15 (Gen. II)
Oliver No. 15 (Gen. II)
 
21
Oliver No. 1
 
RM
Oliver No. 1
 
Portable Olivers

Fortuna & S.I.M.
Patria
 
Patria
Patria
 
Courier
Patria
 
Voss
Voss
 
Latin American Olivers

Latina 3
Latina Oliver No. 3
 
Latina 5
Latina Oliver No. 5
 
Latina 6
Latina Oliver No. 6
 
Latina 7
Latina Oliver No. 7
 
L-10
Oliver No. L-10
 
L-12
Oliver No. L-12
 
L-13
Oliver No. L-13
 
Revilo 5
Revilo No. 5
 
Revilo 9
Revilo No. 9
 
Fabrik Stolzenberg Olivers

Monopol-Stolzenberg 2
Oliver Monopol-Stolzenberg No. 2
 
Monopol-Stolzenberg 3
Oliver Monopol-Stolzenberg No. 3
 
Stolzenberg 3
Oliver Stolzenberg No. 3
 
Stolzenberg 4
Oliver Stolzenberg No. 4
 
Linotype Co. / Canadian Olivers

Canadian 2
Canadian Oliver No. 2
 
Canadian 3
Canadian Oliver No. 3
 
Woodstock
Woodstock
 
A. Gregor & Co. Olivers

Courier
Courier
 
Jacobi
Jacobi
 
Jwic
Jwic
 

Way-billing
Oliver Way-billing
 
Four Bank Prototype
Oliver Four Bank Prototype
 

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Sources
  1. Dingwerth, L. (2008). Kleines Lexikon Historischer Schreibmaschinen. Delbrück, Germany: Verlag Kunstgrafik Dingwerth GmbH.

  2. Sellers, A. (1994, December). The First Woodstock. ETCetera No. 29, 3.

  3. The Linotype Company. (1899, May). Battle of Detroit: An Impartial Account of the Fierce War Waged in the Board of Education By the Typewriter Trust Against the Oliver Typewriter, in the Year 1899. Montreal, Canada.

  4. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Gangbarer Schreibmaschinen, published by Wochenschrift für Papier, Otto Hoffmann. 1941, Verlag, Berlin.

  5. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Deutscher und Ausländischer Schreibmaschinen, 10 Auflage. 1955, Burghagen Verlag, Hamburg.

  6. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Deutscher und Ausländischer Schreibmaschinen mit Wichtigen Technischen Daten. Herbert F. W. Schramm. 11 Auflage, 1962, Burghagen Verlag, Hamburg.