This Oliver was my first typewriter, given to me for free by a friend. It'd been in her Grandmother's basement for years. I was told her deceased Grandfather had purchased it a long time ago secondhand, and always intended to refurbish it.
As you can see it has some rust, and it was very dirty when I got it. Unfortunately, as a rookie cleaning it I managed to break the right tine of the ribbon guide. The left paper guide is also broken off at the top.
It cleaned up pretty well, though.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I'm John (or J.T.) Robertson from St. Louis, MO. I'm a published author, and have always had an obsession with typewriters, starting with my Mom's Underwood when I was a kid.
Unfortunately Mom's old machine is gone, but in Aug. 2014 a friend gave me an incredibly dirty Oliver #9 found in her Grandma's basement. I cleaned it up and got it working, and in the process became a collector.
Serial stamped on right side beneath carriage rail, near bell. A499730
intact left tine, broken right tine on ribbon guide.
With carriage removed, via Oliver's amazingly easy system.
I believe this is the original carriage string.
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