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Oliver Typewriter Company

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This article is about the typewriter manufacturer. For the tractor manufacturer, see Oliver Farm Equipment Company.

The Oliver Typewriter Company


Former type - Privately held company

Industry - Typewriter manufacturing

Fate - Dissolved

Successor(s) - British Oliver Typewriter Company


Founder(s)Thomas Oliver


HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, United States

Area servedUnited States

Key people

Thomas Oliver,


Delavan Smith,

vice president

ProductsSee Typewriters section


References: [1]

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.[2] 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.

Competitive pressure and financial troubles resulted in the company's liquidation in 1928. The company’s assets were purchased by investors who formed The British Oliver Typewriter Company, which manufactured and licensed the machines until its own closure in the late 1950s. The last Oliver typewriter was produced in 1959.

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