Vintage Oliver Typewriter No.9


This is an olive green Oliver No.9 typewriter. The No. 9 usually features “Printype” — a beefy typeface meant to resemble printing in books (it’s a bit of a stretch). Perfect for making décor statements in office or personal spaces, complementing both modern and vintage settings.

Historically, the Oliver Typewriter Company was an American typewriter manufacturer headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  Its headquarters was the Oliver Building, now a Chicago landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It began operating at a corporation in 1895.  Oliver typewriters were marketed heavily for home use, utilizing door-to-door sales and sales on credit. Oliver produced more than one million machines between 1895 and 1928 and licensed its designs to several international firms.

The Olivers are “down strike” typewriters, meaning the typebars strike the platen (also known as the roller) from above, rather than from below (“up strike”) or from the front (“front strike”). Unlike the “up strike” method, which prints text out of sight on the underside of the platen, the “down strike” is a “visible print” design, meaning the full page is visible to the typist as the text is being entered.

 Oliver typewriters were finished with olive green paint or nickel-plating and white or black keyboards, depending on customer preference. Beginning with model No. 3, machines were painted green except some variants to be exported to warm or damp regions, which were chrome-plated. The color was changed from green to black on the introduction of model No. 11. Oliver typewriters made for the British war effort were supplied with a “war finish”.


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