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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Richard Wood:
1954 Oliver Portable 4

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1954 Oliver Portable 4
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Status: Sightings
Created: 02-05-2017 at 09:01AM
Last Edit: 02-23-2017 at 12:57PM

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Oliver portable 4? typewriter -

made Croydon, England, UK 1954

Types a lot like a Hermes 2000 with similar key tops.

Carriage shifted.

I bought this in an Oxfam shop in Sheffield. The first time I saw it, I left it because it was a little rusty in places and very grimy. A little overpriced too. However, it's come up beautifully.

A great lap typer, you have to use the wooden base which has four lugs that engage into the surprisingly still rubbery feet. This stops your clothes fouling the mechanism.

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Richard Wood
Username: Coronaboy

Typewriter collector, previous sewing machine collector.

Originally from the Garden of England, Kent. I have lived in Sheffield for over fifteen years.

As a young child, I always enjoyed taking things apart and seeing how they functioned.

I have been collecting a range of vintage typewriters for over two years.

Previously, I was interested in restoring sewing machines, then I acquired my mothers Olivetti Dora and looked under the hood and typed, I was hooked on typewriters and how they worked.

I learn something every day from passionate bloggers and typewriter enthusiasts.

Fan of Joe Van Cleave's typewriter video series.

1954 Oliver Portable 4 Photo Gallery

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