1953 Oliver Portable #5337209
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-16-2020 at 05:15AM
Last Edit: 10-21-2020 at 12:22AM
Oliver Portable made in England by the Oliver Typewriter Manufacturing Co in 1953. This is one of the portables that Oliver rebranded and produced under its name, originally a Patria design, a beautiful and handy portable that had on my wish list for long and really wanted to add to my collection, especially with the Oliver name on it as I am a big Oliver fan.
It is the first typewriter I decided to purchase through eBay because It would be difficult to find localy. More than that, it was priced really low, so it definately was not a big risk. My concern was, of course, the shipping as I have heared a lot of stories about bad packing and destroyed machines arriving to dissapointed buyers. But everything went well in the end and this Oliver arrived to me very well packed and in really great shape. Even the old ribbon was not very dry so I could start using it right away, which I did.
The machine works nice, although it is not as soft to use as, for example, my Hermes Baby of that era, but I am not sure if this is the typing style of this machine or because of its age. Of course, I have to think that a new ribbon will also allow me to type softer. Nevertheless, it is a nice, steady portable, well built and with the most interesting ribbon color selector that I have seen - located inside the type basket. I love the elegant grey color, the cut out Oliver logo both on the paper rest and in front of the type slugs (with something red as background) and also the decal on the left side, showing Oliver Cromwell. I think there is a little issue with the typing alignment, but I really don't mind that much.
Lovely machine overall!
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Writer, blogger and art person from Athens, Greece. I currently own 11 typewriters, dated from 1913 (my oldest one, a Remington Standard 10) up to the mid 1980's. Most of my machines are functionable and I try to repair any with problems that keeps it from typing. For me, it is important for a typewriter not just to sit on a shelve for display, but also to be able to type when I want to.
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