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Latin American Olivers

The Oliver Typewriter Company manufatured typewriters for sale in Latin America beginning with the Oliver No. 3. Almost all of these machines were given a nickel plated base instead of the traditional olive green finish in hopes that the machines would better withstand the heat of the tropical climate. Unfortunately, this theory did not hold up well; many nickel plated machines are now flaking and covered in rust. There are very few examples of Latin American Olivers that were not nickel plated. I know of Olivers 3 and L-10 that are olive green but sold in Latin America with Spanish keyboards. It is likely there are other Latin American olive green models as well.

The only export Oliver I know to have been nickel plated is the Oliver No. 6. I have never seen a nickel plated model 4, 8, 10, or 12. (Note that the L-10 is a nickel-plated 9 while L-12 and L-13 are nickel plated versions of the 11.) It is possible these models were nickel plated, especially models 4 and 8, but no examples are known to exist.

Oliver No. 3
Oliver No. 3
Serial number ----- | Made in 1---
Costa Collection
Oliver No. 5
Oliver No. 5
Serial number 386425 | Made around 1913
Polt Collection
Oliver No. 6
Oliver No. 6
Serial number D7505 | Made around 1905
Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum
Oliver No. 7
Oliver No. 7
Serial number 496164 | Made in 1914
Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum
Oliver No. L-10
Oliver No. L-10
Serial number 923370 | Made around 1920
Oliver No. L-10
Serial number 837932 | Made around 1920
Sirvent

The Oliver No. L-10 is the nickel plated version of the Oliver No. 9. The Oliver L-10 was distributed by the William A. Parker Company for sale in Latin America, hence the "L" in L-10.

Some Oliver L-10 machines were given the typical gold decal on the front while others were given a red plaque.

Oliver No. L-10 Logo Oliver No. L-10 Plaque

It is hard to say how many L-10s were made because the serial numbers are intermixed with the Oliver No. 9s. However, they are very common and frequently get listed for sale on MercadoLibre Mexico.

Serial Number
Date
551001
1915
1000000
1922

Oliver No. L-12
Oliver No. L-12
Serial number B1015932 | Made around 1924

The Oliver No. L-12 is the nickel plated version of the Oliver No. 11. The Oliver L-12 was distributed by the William A. Parker Company for sale in Latin America, hence the "L" in L-12.

All L-12 machines have a red plaque on the front, the style of which was first seen on some Oliver No. L-10 machines.

Oliver No. L-12 Plaque

The Oliver No. L-12 also has a black plaque on the back that describes the Oliver L-12 as a "silent model". It also lists the Parker Company as the general agent, or distributor, of the machine in Mexixo.

Oliver No. L-12 Back Plaque

Some model L-12 (also 11, 12, and L-13) serial numbers have a "B" prefix. The "A" prefix on Oliver No. 9 machines denotes an alternate keyboard. However, the "B" prefix does not correlate to the keyboard. Some machines with a "B" prefix have the alternate keyboard and so do some machines without it. I have yet to figure out what the "B" prefix means.

It is unknown how many Oliver L-12 machines were made because the serial numbers are intermixed with those of the Oliver 11 (and 12). However, the L-12 is not very common. I only know of five Oliver No. L-12 machines in existence.

Serial Number
Date
1000001
1922
1050000
1928

Oliver No. L-13
Oliver No. L-13
Serial number B1032566 | Made around 1926

The Oliver No. L-13 is a nickel plated version of the Oliver No. 11. The "L" in L-13 stands for "Latina", since the machine was sold in the Latin market. It is a variation of the Oliver No. L-12, which is also a nickel plated version of the No. 11. The Oliver L-13 differs from the L-12 in that it was produced specifically for the Mexican government, and was distributed by "Martinez and Rubio".

All L-13 machines have a red plaque on the front, similar to the plaque seen on some Oliver No. L-10 and all Oliver No. L-12 machines.

Oliver No. L-13 Plaque

The Oliver No. L-13 also has a black plaque on the back that lists the general agents, or distributors, of the machine as "Martinez and Rubio".

Oliver No. L-13 Back Plaque

Some model L-13 (also 11, 12, and L-12) serial numbers have a "B" prefix. The "A" prefix on Oliver No. 9 machines denotes an alternate keyboard. However, the "B" prefix does not correlate to the keyboard. Some machines with a "B" prefix have the alternate keyboard and so do some machines without it. I have yet to figure out what the "B" prefix means.

It is unknown how many Oliver L-13 machines were made because the serial numbers are intermixed with those of the Oliver 11 (and 12). However, the L-12 is not very common. I only know of three Oliver No. L-13 machines in existence.

Serial Number
Date
1000001
1922
1050000
1928

Revilo Olivers

In Argentina, "Revilo" was used in place of "Oliver" for all Oliver typewriters, advertisements, ribbon tins, etc. This is because the Oliver name was already a registered trademark and could not be used by the Oliver Typewrier Company without them paying royalties. The Oliver Typewriter Company had to get creative and wrote "Oliver" backwards. Thus, the "Revilo" typewriter was born.

Theoretically, any standard or export Oliver model from the No. 3 to the L-13 could have been sold as a Revilo. However, I have only seen Revilo models 5 and 9. Revilo machines are not common, nor impossible to find.

Revilo No. 5
Revilo No. 5
Serial number 275198 | Made around 19--
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Revilo No. 9
Revilo No. 9
Serial number 554030 | Made in 1915
Sirvent Collection
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