By the time we got to Woodstock
We were fourteen hundred strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the typers
Riding those typebars in an arch
As they turned them into butterflies
Above our Olivers
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
- with apologies to Joni Mitchell
1907 was a big year for the Oliver Typewriter Company, with the opening of the Dearborn Street building in Chicago on May 1, the new No 5 model, and improvements to its Woodstock, Illinois, factory (opened in 1896).
The distinctive reliefs were made by the American Terra Cotta and Ceramics Company from $1 a ton clay shipped to Crystal Lake. The designs were by Karl Schneider.
1902 baseball team
In 1909, Fred F. Main, of Columbus, Ohio, even designed a pneumatic carriage return for the Oliver. Sadly, instead he sold the rights to Underwood (which didn't produce it anyway).
Oliver nonetheless forged ahead to one million typewriters by 1922, the year it launched its No 11 "Speedster"
But the Woodstock plant closed in 1928