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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
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, United States
Area servedUnited States
ProductsSee Typewriters section
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.
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.