29 Jun 2013

Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliver

What could possibly lurk under an Oliver typewriter cover?


1913 Oliver #5 395901









This doesn't look like a butterfly, it looks like a frog! Surely this is one of the oddest-looking machines.

I've recently had a greater interest in some of the older (around WWI give or take) typewriters so this was a quite appropriate and well timed aquisition! Sometimes eBay really just works out for you.

Typed happily on my Oliver 5 with Printype.

(As a sidenote, check out this craiglist post! I have honestly never seen so many standard typewriters in one place before. The unfortunate fact is that many of them will be sold to keychoppers, as they are right in the easy price range. I may try to rescue one or two, but I have no room for standards. At the very least the Smith Premier and the Empire? must be saved. They will be at a flea market in Seattle tomorrow morning.)

12 comments:

  1. Oh..... WOW! What a find.

    Fantastic. And the case! Superb! That's a great find.

    As for the wax issue; not only can you wax over it but it is preferable. The wax will get into small fissures in the metal and prevent moisture and air getting into it.

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    1. I know! It was one of those 'is this really happening' moments when I saw the listing!

      Excellent, thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to take more photos when I've done so. :) Moisture getting into the existing rust is probably an issue in this area as well.

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  2. Sixteen?! And such a beauty! Congratz on this find. This will be the one you will never forget.

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    1. Well, plus the cost of postage which was slightly more than $16.
      It definitely will be one of those! Though I have quite a few.

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  3. Fantastic score! Way cleaner than mine that cost $100 and doesn't even have Printype. Man, you're on a roll!

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    1. Well, I did spend quite a time on cleaning to get it looking as it does now!

      Considering what I found next after this, you're right. XD

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  4. very nice! mine isn't Printype but I agree about the layout, and it's fun to use.

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  5. Sweet deal, and in actually really nice shape for its age. Plus a great typeface? Total score! (:

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    1. I think the pictures make it look a little better than in real life, because you can't see some of the small rust areas, but it's definitely above average.

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  6. Congratulations! What a great find. The price was spectacular. I have an Oliver on my wish list for over a year. One day I'll add one to the collection.

    Ryan Adney has a post on his blog showing how he made a replacement key from carving a piece of wood.

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  7. $16!? I wish I was as lucky as you! Great score! :D

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    1. We've both had our own stokes of luck!

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