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Oliver Portables

The British Oliver Manufacturing Company had various european portable typewriters branded as Oliver. A great article by Will Davis called Olivers in Transition outlines the history of these machines in further detail.

Oliver Fortuna / S.I.M.
Serial Number 3793Z

Thomas Furtig
Serial Number 69890

Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer
Serial Number 84327 | Made in 1933

Sirvent Vigo Mobiliario Contemporáneo
Sirvent Bros.
Serial Number 90024 | Made in 1935

Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer
Serial Number 112257 | Made in 1944

Thomas Furtig
Serial Number 112554 | Made in 1944

Thomas Furtig

The first portable that was sold as an Oliver was manufactured by Fortuna Buromaschinen GmbH of Berlin, Germany. This company was formed from Stolzenberg-Fortuna, which used to distrubute Olivers as the Monopol-Stolzenberg and Stolzenberg. This portable body style was also sold under the names Europa and Junior.

Between serial numbers 80000 and 90000, S.I.M., an Italian typewriter company, started manufacturing portables under the Oliver name. These machines were also branded as Augusta, Nuova-Levi, and Continental. All of these various bodystyles were intermixed, follow the same serial number scheme, and manufactured until the end of World War II.

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SERIAL NO.
DATE
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OLIVER FORTUNA / S.I.M. INTRODUCED
001?
1931
3793Z
80000
1932
84000
1933
86750
1934
89500
1935
91750
1936
94000
1937
96750
1938
99000
1939
101750
1940
104500
1941
107250
1942
110000
1943
112250
1944
115000
1945
120000
1946
LAST OLIVER FORTUNA / S.I.M. PRODUCED
122000
1947

Oliver Patria
Oliver Patria

Serial Number 511947 | Made in 1951

After World War II, the British Oliver Manufacturing Company rebranded a Swiss machine called the Patria.

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SERIAL NO.
DATE
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OLIVER PATRIA INTRODUCED
480001
1948
490001
1949
500001
1950
510001
1951
511947
1951
520001
1952
530001
1953
540001
1954
LAST OLIVER PATRIA PRODUCED
545000
1954
Oliver Courier
Oliver Courier
Serial Number 56-18785 | Made in 1956

Sammlung Historischer Schreibmaschinen
Monika & Berthold Kerschbaumer

Another Oliver portable was branded as "Oliver Courier", "Conquerer", or simply "Oliver". This body style was also sold as a Patria, Japy, and Voss Privat.

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SERIAL NO.
DATE
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OLIVER COURIER INTRODUCED
54-0001
1954
55-5001
1955
55-15112
1955
55-20000
1955
56-10000
1956
56-40000
1956
57-32800
1957
57-42839
1957
A1/47628
1957
A1/53819
1957
BB/53820
1958
BM/73386
1959
CC/73387
1958
LAST OLIVER COURIER PRODUCED
CG/79832
1958
Oliver Voss
Oliver MDT10
Oliver MDT10
Serial Number 10748 | Made in 1950

The M-series Voss portables have been found under the Oliver name. I have seen the Voss MDT10, MT10, and MT13 (which is a wide carriage MT10) rebranded as Oliver. These were also branded as the Oliver Consort. Voss later used the same body styles but with model numbers beginning with S, so any of these models may have been sold under the name Oliver. The serial numbers are intermixed with the standard Voss serial numbers. Voss machines were produced until 1965, but the Oliver Voss machines were most likely discontinued when the British Oliver Manufacturing Company shut down in 1959. See Voss Portables by Will Davis for more information on general Voss models.

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SERIAL NO.
DATE
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VOSS / OLIVER VOSS INTRODUCED
C501-C1000
1948
D201-D1000
1948
E261-E206
1948
E201-E1000
1949
F101-F1200
1949
G301-G1000
1949
6001-6300
1949
9001-10694
1949
10695-16053
1950
16054-26800
1951
26801-31800
1952
50000-55700
1952
55701-80000
1953
80001-95000
1954
95001-113000
1955
113001-131000
1956
131001-145000
1957
145001-156000
1958
156001-170000
1959
170001-186000
1960
186001-201000
1961
201001-216000
1962
216001-231000
1963
231001-246000
1964
LAST VOSS PRODUCED
246001-258000
1965
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Sources
  1. Dingwerth, L. (2008). Kleines Lexikon Historischer Schreibmaschinen. Delbrück, Germany: Verlag Kunstgrafik Dingwerth GmbH.

  2. Sellers, A. (1994, December). The First Woodstock. ETCetera No. 29, 3.

  3. The Linotype Company. (1899, May). Battle of Detroit: An Impartial Account of the Fierce War Waged in the Board of Education By the Typewriter Trust Against the Oliver Typewriter, in the Year 1899. Montreal, Canada.

  4. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Gangbarer Schreibmaschinen, published by Wochenschrift für Papier, Otto Hoffmann. 1941, Verlag, Berlin.

  5. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Deutscher und Ausländischer Schreibmaschinen, 10 Auflage. 1955, Burghagen Verlag, Hamburg.

  6. Liste der Herstellungsdaten Deutscher und Ausländischer Schreibmaschinen mit Wichtigen Technischen Daten. Herbert F. W. Schramm. 11 Auflage, 1962, Burghagen Verlag, Hamburg.