The Standard Visible Writer

When I was younger, my parents and I frequently attended yard sales and flea markets in my hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia. During these travels, I acquired a “modern” electric word processor, a machine with which I became fascinated. I eventually acquired a few other similar models, forming the beginning of a collection.

My first collecting milestone arose with a visit to the office of a local CPA and family friend Herman Price. This office housed around 200 mesmerizing typewriters, those of which were only a fraction of the machines forming the Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum. Towards the end of the office tour, I was gifted a Corona Folding No. 3, my first truly antique typewriter. In fact, this machine was the first typewriter that began the collection of the Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum. This gift inspired me to continue my typewriter search, restricting myself to only manual typewriters, especially those with a more “antique” appearance.

My first Oliver encounter took place at an antique store in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Walking down Main Street, I spotted an unusual green typewriter in the window of the store. I had no idea what it was and thought such a machine must certainly be a rarity. After convincing the store owner to lower the price, I was able to add my first Oliver, a model 9 (serial number 877799) to my collection. I began researching the Oliver brand and discovered the No. 9 is the most common Oliver model ever made. Despite this, I acquired more Olivers, narrowing my focus towards rare models and variants. I now have the most comprehensive collection of Olivers to my knowledge. Nevertheless, my search for rare Olivers continues.

Jett Morton


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