Friday, March 5, 2010

Oliver Typewriter

Little d knows my fondness for old typewriters and she picked up a gem from a co-worker. I'm now the proud owner of an army green, heavy-duty Oliver typewriter that sports showy batwings. I had never heard of this particular brand and naturally I did a quick search on Wikipedia:
The Oliver Typewriter Company was an American typewriter manufacturer headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The Oliver Typewriter was the first effective "visible print" typewriter, meaning text was visible to the typist as it was entered. Oliver typewriters were marketed heavily for home use, utilizing local distributors and sales on credit. Oliver produced more than one million machines between 1895 and 1928 and licensed its designs to several international firms.


Oliver typewriter demonstration.

15 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

OMG that's gorgeous. Lucky you.

David Cranmer said...

And it's heavy! Must weigh more than a baby elephant.

Mike Wilkerson said...

Nice. I use my Olympia SM-9 from time to time and can understand the addiction to these old machines.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've got an old Underwood. Man they really are HEAVY

David Cranmer said...

Mike, In the same week I received this antique, I purchased a Kindle. I appreciate being a writer in the modern age but marvel at where it all started. Btw thanks for stopping by and I will check out your blog when I get a chance.

Charles, Yeah, these nuggets were built to last.

Diane said...

The sound of typewriters chattering away use to drive me batty. Somehow, I miss that. Kinda sorta.

dMix said...

I'm so happy that you like it:)

David Cranmer said...

Diane, A distinct poetry all it's own.

d, Very nice antique and sharper looking than the one I was eyeing in Louisiana.

G said...

Wow, an old manual typewriter.

I think I used one of those in high school to write a report or something.

Manual typewriters are great, but I think I would be lost using one today.

I mean, where would I plug in my headphones to use my Dragon software. :D

Congrats on the pickup.

Cloudia said...

VERY cool!



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pattinase (abbott) said...

Not so easy to figure out who typed that threatening letter anymore.

David Cranmer said...

G, Today’s tech is whole heartedly welcomed. Heck, I even broke down and bought a Kindle this week. But this typewriter which dates to the turn of the 20th century has a romance attached to it that no computadora could match. Well, except maybe the Commodore PET.

Cloudia, Da!

Patti, That sure was a staple of old police and detective shows.

sertech said...

I have a few typewriters from the sixties and seventies but nothing as antique as the Oliver.

Indigo said...

I love old typewriters. There is usually one displayed in the header on my blog. I've already decided I want one to celebrate my first book getting published (it's a wonderful incentive). (Hugs)Indigo

David Cranmer said...

My Oliver (sounds odd) is patented 1912 but, I believe, hails from the twenties.

Indigo, I was initially drawn to your blog by that typewriter and Byron quote. Aesthetically pleasing banner.