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Collegiate (ABC): Typewriter Brand Notes

Simplified export model for ABC small typewriter [24]

Collegiate (ABC): Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Brand: ABC Also known as • ADS • APSCO • Avona • Cole Steel • Collegiate (ABC)

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 01/24/18 12:54
NOTE: dates shown are JAN 1 unless noted, so the serial number shown is the *first* serial number produced the given year. Exceptions are serial numbers preceded by "up to"(where you can assume that the numbers reported in that subsection are DECEMBER 31, END OF YEAR NUMBERS) or rows where a month is given in the month column. If the serial number is shown as a range (xxxx-xxxx) it indicates that we know the entire range of serial numbers for the given year.

Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
Platen Diameter       32.5mm 140
           
Portable
2000 1956 Introduced by Koch's Eagle Sewing Machine Company of Bielefeld, West Germany in 1955, first model styled by Prof. W. Wagenfeld ended in 1963. Numbers approximate and probably derived from warranty card/receipt research by Dingwerth. 140,142
12000 1957   140
40000 1958 ABC portable was relabeled as "Cole-Steel" for sale in the USA through Cole Steel Equipment Company. 140,142
??? 1959 Sales division transferred to "Cole Steel Office Machines".
Noted design changes:
43 to 44 keys: Somewhere between 44600 and 53100
Two color ribbon: Somewhere between 53100 and 54300
140,142
90000 1960 Serial number 3-149323, a Cole-Steel, is known to have been purchased originally on March 21, 1960.
A new, minimalist "abc" logo is introduced. Possible series jump to 200000.
140,142
??? 1961       140
220000(?) 1962       140
230000(?) 1963 Two new models introduced: ABC 1300 (ended 1966-67) and ABC 2000 (ended 1973)
Known sale dates/serials:
ABC / serial 4-226764 / sold March 1963
ABC / serial 4-229884 / sold March 1963
140,142
250000 (Model 1300)
604000-650000 (Model 2000)
1964   140
??? 1965   140
??? 1966   140
??? 1967 March 23, 1967: Tooling sold to Messa in Portugal, who produced many similar models under various labels and shells. 140,142
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