The Oliver Typewriter

Ephemera & Accessories

Presented on this page are items in the author's collection relating to Oliver typewriters including advertisements, letterheads, postcards, furniture, etc.


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Century Magazine
March 1902
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Century Magazine
March 1903
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Century Magazine
October 1905
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Everybody's Magazine
 
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Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly
August 1900
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Harper's Magazine
April 1906
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Harper's Magazine
1907
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McClure's Magazine
March 1899
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October 1899
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March 1906
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McClure's Magazine
October 1911
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1914
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Munsey's Magazine
June 1899
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Scribner's Magazine
March 1905
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Letterhead

Here is a letter written to a potential customer discussing the reduced pricing strategy the Oliver Typewriter Company implemented to sell the Oliver No. 9.

Letterhead Pg. 1
Letterhead Pg. 2
Postcard

This photo is on a postcard that came with an Oliver No. 3 I purchased from a local antique store. "Clarksburg, W. Va." is handwritten above the photo.

Postcard
Manuals & Booklets

Oliver No. 3 Intstruction Manual Oliver No. 9 Intstruction Manual Oliver Model 21 Directions
Oliver Portable Instructions Oliver Courier Portable Instructions Oliver Printype
Oliver No. 3 Models Oliver No. 9 Brochure Oliver No. 9 Brochure
Oliver Courier Pamphlet
The Oliver Maintenance Kit & Oil

Oliver No. 3 Intstruction Manual

The Oliver Typewriter Company offered a sort of "maintenance kit" so that the Oliver could be properly maintained by the operator. These kits were sold in little black cardboard boxes measuring 6½" long by 1⅞" wide by 1⅛" tall. They originally came with four tools:

  • Bristle brush: Displays "OLIVER" on the handle. Used for cleaning type. This brush had a white handle made of ivory in earlier kits. Later kits used a brush with a black wooden handle.
  • Screwdriver: Green-handled flat-head used for making minor adjustments.
  • Horsehair whisk brush: Most likely used for removing light dust.
  • Paintbrush: Fine tipped with black handle.
  • Oliver Model 21 Directions

    Often found alongside the maintenance kits is The Oliver Typewriter Oil. This oil was packaged in its own box measuring 1⅛" long by 1⅛" wide by 2⅛" tall. The glass bottle is embossed with "The Oliver Typewriter" on one side while the other side bears a label. This oil comes with its own corkscrew.

    These kits originally with a 3" by 5" Revilo Typewriter Ribbons flyer. Revilo is the brand Oliver used brand to sell ribbons, ribbon tins, and accessories. I have two versions of this flyer, the latter of which also lists the San Fransisco and Kansas City branch offices.

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    Leather Traveling Case (Nickel Trimmings)

    An optional carrying case could be purchased with the Oliver for an additional $10, or around $300 today (adjusted for inflation). This case was offered for sale in various Oliver pamphlets, and is found on page 24 of "Oliver No. 3 Models" shown below.

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    "Oliver No. 3 Models", page 24
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