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Surety: Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Brand: American Also known as • Armstrong • Champignon • Elgin • Fleet • Herald • Pullman • Surety

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 05/8/18 11:03
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       unknown 24
No. 1 & 2 1893 Patented in 1893 by L. P. Valiquet and manufactured by American Typewriter Co. at 265 Broadway, New York. The American Index was a roller-inked index machine with two distinct variations, the No. 2 is slightly beefier than the No. 1 and most are stamped "583c" rather than a true serial number. Model numbers are not marked on the machine. Sold in Britan as "The Globe", and some examples are marked "Lyon Manufacturing Co., Toronto, Canada". Name variants include "American Globe", "Champignon", "New American","Sterling" and possibly "Boston Crown".
Appeared in 1912 Sears, Roebuck catalog for $4.98 as the "New American", but not the Odell-like machine of the same name.
5, 16
American Visible 1901 Cheaply made sheet metal linear index machine possibly intended as a toy. Two variations are known. Also sold as "Young American". 5,16
Model 5 1901     Manufactured in the Williams plant in Derby. 16,24
Model 7 & 8 1908 Flat profile 3-bank upstrike that enjoyed some success until 1915.
Model 7 manufactured in the Williams plant in Derby, Connecticut, while Model 8 was made in Bridgeport.
Known name variants: "Congress", "Eagle", "Elgin", "Fleet", and "Surety" in the U.S., also "Armstrong" in England, "Herald" in France, "Europa" and "Favorite" in Germany.
"Merchantile" name variant was sold in the U.S. by Montgomery Ward.
"Pullman A" name variant sold in the U.S. by Sears Roebuck.
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