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WELCOME
Viewing text as we type 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 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. Because of this design, Oliver typewriters were marketed and branded as "The Standard Visible Writer”. From 1893 to 1928, this basic design was utilized by the Oliver Typewriter Company on every model they manufactured.
Furthermore, The Oliver Typewriter (Sales) Company, Ltd. offered British Olivers for sale in England from 1928 to 1933 which implemented this same typing mechanism. That same company, which later became known as The Oliver Typewriter Manufacturing Company, Ltd., offered a downstrike Oliver from 1938 to 1947, making this the last run of machines featuring Thomas Oliver’s iconic visible writing mechanism.
Every typewriter manufactured or licensed by The Oliver Typewriter Company, The Oliver Typewriter (Sales) Company, Ltd., or The Oliver Typewriter Manufacturing Company, Ltd. has been researched and presented on this website. Although ambitious, my goal is to obtain one of every different Oliver model to form a truly complete Oliver collection. Most of the machines shown on this site are in my collection. I have borrowed photos for machines still missing from my collection. For these photos, 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

Oliver No. 4
Oliver No. 4
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British Olivers

Oliver Four Bank
Oliver Four Bank
Image courtesy of The Antikey Chop
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
Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer
Jacobi
Jacobi
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Jwic
Jwic
Štěpán Kučera
 

Oliver Way-billing
Oliver Way-billing
Peter Weil Archives
 

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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.