Purpled Oliver Courier

After I received my first Oliver Courier Portable I fell in love with the curves and type feel. Another piece in drab grey and missing a badge popped up on eBay so I just put a reasonable bid on it thinking that it was too small a bid to win.
A little over two weeks later it landed on my doorstep.

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And boy did I have plans for it!
It was going to get a nice coat of some nice paint to compliment the black keys and a remodeled badge made of mouldable plastic. After a few hours of Photoshopping possible colors, pale yellow won and I went ahead to purchase a few cans of spray paint and magic plastic.

That was sometime in August.

Fast forward to October:
I decided to streamline my collection so I offered this piece up painted mellow yellow. A lady got very interested in buying a typewriter around this time and to cut the long story short, chose to get this Oliver Courier resprayed violet.




Two days later, clothes back on and my, my.
I really liked it.


#1 and #2 side by side. Such a handsome couple.

The paint was left to cure for the duration of my Singapore trip, and the last thing to do was the badge. I had it all in my head — use #1’s badge as a mould, spend a little bit of time doing up the name of the new owner, stick it all together and hand over to the excited mother who was going to gift the typewriter to her daughter.
It was only when I took the above picture I realised that the badges were not of the same shape. *face palm*

I’ve used this mouldable plastic one other time in efforts to make a replacement knob for Peacherine, a Royal Model P. It was rather easy to use, but I was impatient in building my prototypes and moulds. This time I pulled a chair over to the counter, plonked my bum on it and made sure I stayed there while crafting the badge over the next two or so hours.
The initial design (scribbled on the scrap of paper) I had in mind was simple and obviously over-ambitious. The black base was not as easy to do but somehow managed with a good looking piece and went on cutting thin strips of white plastic for the letters. Time chugged on and this was the end result:





Wrapped up and ready for pick up.


Sakura pink Olivetti L82 also went to its new home same day as Violet.

I was pleased to hear the new owner loves her new Oliver Courier albeit a small issue with the line sights catching paper in the feed action. Small fix for another time… Time to get going on all the other pending projects!
(3 spray paint jobs, 10 pieces due for cleaning, countless pieces to fix and so much more…)

Presents for the Typosphere!

Well, it’s not really presents but I think it’s pretty handy — User Manuals!
Here’s scans of 8 original user manuals I’ve managed to get, with web friendly versions available. If you’re using this other than personal use please credit it back to this blog, I’ll really appreciate it.
Click on the pictures for the direct links!

User manuals as listed:

  • Oliver Courier Portable
  • LC Smith & Corona Portable 4
  • Underwood 18
  • Olympia SF De Luxe
  • Olivetti Lettera 22
  • Royal 240, Sprite
  • Sperry Rand Remington, various later made models.
  • Olivetti Valentine



Oliver Courier SCP4

Underwood18 Olympia SF Olivetti L22

Royal 240 RSR Olivetti Valentine



Oliver Courier SCP4

Underwood18 Olympia SF Olivetti L22

Royal 240 RSR Olivetti Valentine


Long week = +4 typers

Yesterday I got so annoyed at all the pens scattered everywhere on the L-shaped table I cracked down and made a table tidy…. from a tissue box and a binder clip box folded inside out. (There’s a little compartment on the inside for the pens)





I haven’t quite got around to cleaning or testing them out just yet – next tlog!



She sits right next to Blimey on the typewriter mantle.
(Blimey and Peacherine are pretty close in serial numbers! Made in the same year, difference of 4,681 machines, Peacherine being the older machine)

I know, I have a thing for Model P’s. But look at the colour! I couldn’t help myself. :3
The first time I laid my eyes on her picture I thought “Geez that’s heaps pretty!… and kinda like a grapefruit no?” Of course then I realise that grapefruits aren’t really plum in colour and then realised there was a fruit similar to what this machine has – peaches and nectarines! The rich plum tone and the pale orange and yellow hues. Oh so yummy.
I couldn’t decide if “Peach” or “Nectarine” would be its name… so maybe I’ll go with Peacherine which is incidentally a real fruit too!

Now, where is this elusive 4th machine you ask? It’s sitting on my lounge floor, split open waiting for a paint and clean. It’s nothing fancy, and it’s a machine that I’ve had before.

Enough rattling from me. I might toddle off now and ketchup on typosphere reads and artwork that I promised people… Including postcards and letters I’m donating to a local shelter for auction. If you’re in Australia you’re eligible to bid! :)
I’ll post more details where there is some, but for now:

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend guys!
Typecast on Peacherine Royal Model P, 1930