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1909 Oliver 5 Serial # 200165 1909 Oliver 5 typewriter, Serial # 200165 Ed R's 1909 Oliver 5 typewriter. 2020-11-24 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ed R: 1909 Oliver 5 Serial # 200165 Oliver #5 Typewriter, SN:200165 made in 1909.

Checkout my YouTube video on it. https://youtu.be/MAJPSO9Wk5U

This is the first Oliver typewriter that I’ve gotten that is for all practical purpose in perfect shape. Its a long carriage model and may explain is good fortune of having had less use and abuse. The most recent history I have of this machine is I bought it from a local seller on CraigsList for $50. The sellers name was Henry and he saved it from destruction when a storage lockers content, apparently full of old typewriters was simply going to be thrown away. The typewriters being tossed were from Montana State. Lucky for me Henry was needing to move and simply needing to reduce the moving load. From what I understand Henry had salvaged two typewriters, the other was not an Oliver. The unknown machine he got going. This machine he never had a chance to work on.

Looking at the machines serial number of 200165 it’s likely to have been made about 1909. The machine lacks the Tab & Backspace features of latter machines. Looking at dates of introduction of those features they were introduced somewhere between SN: 183000 to 282000, between 1907 to 1911. The other possibility for lacking the tab and backspace features is perhaps being its a long carriage version the new, extra features were not offered or available with that version of the model 5.

As with all old mechanical devises the biggest need is simply lubrication. Luckily its been so well treated and stored it only needed a light cleaning, just light dusting really. The corrosion is very minimal and most all of the nickel plating is in very good condition. The only real downside is its missing a few key caps. I have 3D printed some replicas. The machine even has its original draw cord and the retract spring is intact. That's something I’ve yet to ever see and had just assumed all Oliver's would that that as a default issue.

I’m lucky to have gotten is beautiful mechanical work of art and get to display it in the living room.

1909 Oliver 5 #200165

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Ed R (TheIDofED)
Created: 11-24-2020 at 02:44PM
Last Edit: 11-24-2020 at 03:23PM


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Oliver #5 Typewriter, SN:200165 made in 1909.

Checkout my YouTube video on it. https://youtu.be/MAJPSO9Wk5U

This is the first Oliver typewriter that I’ve gotten that is for all practical purpose in perfect shape. Its a long carriage model and may explain is good fortune of having had less use and abuse. The most recent history I have of this machine is I bought it from a local seller on CraigsList for $50. The sellers name was Henry and he saved it from destruction when a storage lockers content, apparently full of old typewriters was simply going to be thrown away. The typewriters being tossed were from Montana State. Lucky for me Henry was needing to move and simply needing to reduce the moving load. From what I understand Henry had salvaged two typewriters, the other was not an Oliver. The unknown machine he got going. This machine he never had a chance to work on.

Looking at the machines serial number of 200165 it’s likely to have been made about 1909. The machine lacks the Tab & Backspace features of latter machines. Looking at dates of introduction of those features they were introduced somewhere between SN: 183000 to 282000, between 1907 to 1911. The other possibility for lacking the tab and backspace features is perhaps being its a long carriage version the new, extra features were not offered or available with that version of the model 5.

As with all old mechanical devises the biggest need is simply lubrication. Luckily its been so well treated and stored it only needed a light cleaning, just light dusting really. The corrosion is very minimal and most all of the nickel plating is in very good condition. The only real downside is its missing a few key caps. I have 3D printed some replicas. The machine even has its original draw cord and the retract spring is intact. That's something I’ve yet to ever see and had just assumed all Oliver's would that that as a default issue.

I’m lucky to have gotten is beautiful mechanical work of art and get to display it in the living room.

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Long carriage version.  I needed to 3D printed a couple replacement keys.
Long carriage version. I needed to 3D printed a couple replacement keys.

Hunter: Ed R (TheIDofED)

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I'm a Science, Technology & History Lover = Nerd. Though I have to admit I don't like the label Nerd or Geek. There really ought to be a better label that doesn't have some sort of socially demeaning slant to the generally accepted labels / slang. Mostly goes to the issue of our society ( notably in the US ) of still not really respecting Technology & Science enthuses. Perhaps the human race will evolve still......

My general interests are very wide ranging. In general these days I seem to have gravitated to old tech restoration being I'm old enough now to realize that I myself am not going to change the world with any new tech of my own. So now its mostly about having fun.

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I have a TV set, it hasn't been on in months, years? But the shop, lab and study is a churning mess of creativity. So I'm happy with that.



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