Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oliver No. 11 typewriter




Manufactured ca. 1923 (The Typewriter Database).







Paper table decal:



Decal above keyboard:



Click for a high-resolution version of the flying hands decal:


Feel free to use this image for a rubber stamp, stationery, or even a temporary tattoo. I did!



The No. 11 was touted as a fast and quiet machine, as in this Popular Mechanics ad from May 1923. These claims are ... well ... imaginative.






7 comments:

  1. That things in great shape. And you're right about Olivers; It's a bloody miracle they survived as long as they did. Mine have a rather heavy touch that gets fatiguing quickly.

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  2. How was the price compared to its' contemporaries?
    It looks like a lot of the works is accessible- is that right?
    Yours looks stunning!

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    1. Thanks. I think $100 or more was typical for conventional frontstroke office typewriters. And yes, most of the mechanisms are easy to reach.

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  3. Beautiful Oliver. Amazing comparison of the past selling price to the present prices.

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  4. Every one that I've seen has been an inoperable paper weight, so I'm glad to see yours in action.

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  5. The Oliver Speedster, faster than other slow typewriters!

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