The following are known or suspected of having been repainted not as
their original models but as various Harry A. Smith models: Harris
Visible / Rex Visible, Victor, Emerson, Burnett, National portable.
[Harry A. Smith - No. 4, and complete Smith history @ Davis Typewriter Works]
Brand: Blickensderfer Also known as • Blick-Bar • Dactyle • Harry A. Smith (Blick-Bar) • Moyer • Weltblick • World-Blick
Serial Number Table Last Edited: 01/10/18 04:10
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||No Info||24|
|Blickensderfer Mfg. Co., Stamford, Conn., U.S.A.
(1892) Blickensderfer Mfg. Co., 385 Broadway, New York, U.S.A.
|NOTE: Serial numbers listed here are for END OF YEAR, and are the *last* serial number made for that year.|
|1892||DEC||31||Blickensderfer #1, #3 and #5 reviewed in "Frank Harrison's Shorthand Monthly" December 1892.||32,138|
|No. 1||1893||Blickensderfer No. 1 reviewed in publication, but no examples known to survive.
$100 machine with features: Writing in plain sight at all times; automatic word spacer; automatic line spacer; automatic tabulating attachement; automatically-returning carriage; rapid ruling and underlining attachment in colors (black and red); graduated line spacer; interchangeable rollers for any width of paper; new cam-lever movement which gives a delicate, elastic and easy action.
|No. 3||1893||Blickensderfer No. 3 reviewed in publication, but no examples known to survive.
Weighs eight pounds and sells for $65. No auto carriage return or ruling device.
|500||1893||DEC||31||Blickensderfer exhibits at World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.||32,138|
|No. 5||1894||Blick #5 production for market began early 1894, according to Bert Kerschbaumer's early Blick letterhead [published in ETC 95].
This and other ephemera suggest that Robert Blickesderfer's numbers used here may not be accurate until about the middle of 1897. [Peter Weil,2014]
Sold as "Dactyle" No. 2 in France
|1896||NOV||19||Blickensderfer #5 serial 10194||40|
|1897||JAN||09||Blickensderfer #5 serial 11250||137|
|1897||FEB||04||Blickensderfer #5 serial 14053||40,137|
|No. 7||1897||Blick Model #7 Started 1897, fixed base, upper scale was printed on celluloid, optional tabulator, shiny nickel plated space bar.
Early models have special button to see where the last letter was printed, and offered "automatic spacing" as a feature
unless the customer did not want it. On these, if the typist came to the end of a word and then pushed both the first letter
and the space bar at the same time, the carriage moved to print that first letter directly. This required an extra pawl on the escapement.
Also sold as "Dactyle" No. 3 in France
|1898||DEC||05||Blickensderfer #5 serial 14659||40,137|
|1898||DEC||01||Blickensderfer #5 serial 35069-1327||40|
|1898||NOV||22||Blickensderfer #5 serial 35221||40|
|1899-1900||No. 7 update first with larger return lever and later, a larger space bar covered in black celluloid, upper scale engraved on a nickel-plated rule.||137|
|1900||NOV||11||Blickensderfer #7 serial 23818||40|
|1901||SEP||30||Blickensderfer #7 serial 61350||40|
|1902||MAR||03||Blickensderfer #7 serial 66259 (9661/66259)||40|
|1902||DEC||19||Blickensderfer #7 serial 70930||40|
|1905||Improved model (paper feeding etc.)|
|No. 8||1907||Started 1907, with tabulator and backspace key, stronger frame.
"Orient" Model, with Hebrew and Hebrew-Latin typewheel, carriage movement from left to right and optional left-right and right-left (for Hebrew-Latin)
|No. 5 Aluminium||1909||Model No. 5 Aluminium introduced in 1909. Very few were made, and frame is usually not painted, but painted examples are known. This model lacked the improvements of the No. 6 and No. 7 such as the carriage riding on roller bearings, and sport a normal No. 5 nameplate.||137|
|No. 6 Aluminium & Featherweight||1910||Introduced 1910 in the UK as the "Blick # 6 Featherweight." Then in the UK, they dropped the "No. 6"
Then, soon after the last version came out around 1911 or so, at about serial number 175000 ca. 1913-14,
the inker arm was changed (became a folding inker arm) and the name "Blick Featherweight" was used on both
the U.S. and UK versions. In essence, "No. 6" was eliminated as a model name.
Moreover, at about serial number 160000, when "Featherwight" was only on the UK version,
only on the UK Featherweights, a back spacer was added.
Later, After all typewriters of that form were Featherweights, with back spacer.
Production of No. 6 ended in 1916 after around 2500 units (peaking in 1911).
Production of the "Featherweight" peaked in 1914.
|1913||MAR||15||Blickensderfer #7 serial 166023||40|
|1914||OCT||31||Blickensderfer #7 serial 177486||40|
The 4-bank "Blick Bar", originally designed in 1913 but blocked from production by Blickensderfer directors,
is briefly put into production in March of 1916. Production lasted around 1 year before the new Blick Co.
sold the rights to the new 4-bank to Harry A. Smith in 1917, who produced the model until 1921.
It is not at all clear where the Blick Bar was produced, but probably in the same factory as the Moyer (in Syracuse, NY?), not at the Blickensderfer plant in Stamford.
|Blick 90/Roberts Ninety||1919||Built in the Blickensderfer factory, 90 characters machine, (30, with double shift), exchangeable typelevers for different character sets.
The Blick/Roberts 90 has a distinct serial number series from other Blick models. Blick 90 was also sold in Europe as the "Gloria". Slighty more than 20 are known to survive, serials ranging from 141 to 1143 with occasional letter prefix.
|1922||Fabrication of Roberts Ninety begins, after Roberts Typewriter Company (L.R. Roberts) purchases rights in 1919 Typewriter Co.||4|
|1924||Production of Roberts Ninety model ended.||4|
|1926||In 1926, the tools and dies for the Blickensdefer were sold to Remington (one report, however, dates the sale to 1927; see The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, New York, June 24, 1927).||136|
|1927||Started Dec, 1927. Clone of Blickensderfer #5 after Remington bought Blickensderfer tooling from Roberts Typewriter Company in 1926.
First letter of serial number indicates Model (Blick = "K")
Second letter indicates Month: Jan=P, Feb=M, Mar=L, Apr=K, May=X, June=S, Jul=V, Aug=E, Sep=D, Oct=C, Nov=Z, Dec=A
First number in serial indicates year number: KP8 = Jan, 1928
|Kx9xxxx||1929||In the spring of 1929, Rem-Blick was offered in Sears Catalog at $24.95, but by the fall of that year, the price was two dollars less.||136|
|The Blick||1930||In 1930, Sears reduced the price of the machine by a few more dollars and truncated the name to The Blick.
At this point, the "Rem-Blick" appears to have been remaindered to department stores as a toy typewriter, and is now
advertised as "printing from a ribbon" (same as The Postal). Price advertised as $14.95 at Marley & Carew Gift Bazaar in Cincinnati.,
in the Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio), December 14, 1930.
That same year, Sears offered the Porto-Rite, another Remington machine that employed the design of the Remington Portable No. 2. Remington introduced the No. 3 in 1928, thus freeing the design of its predecessor for the budget market.
|1932||Rem-Blick still offered for sale in 1932, for $10.98 at Stix, Baer & Fuller. From the St. Louis Star and Times, St. Louis, Missouri, November 25, 1932.||136|
|1933||Rem-Blick still sold at $10.88 at the May Company. From the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, September 10, 1933.||136|
|1934||Rem-Blick offered at Scruggs, Vandervoort, Barney toy shop for $5.98 in 1934. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, March 26, 1934.||136|
There are four similar stripped-down versions of the # 5:
The Home Blick (USA and UK), the Service Blick (UK), the Blick Visible (USA),
and the World Blick/ Weltblick (Germany).
The World Blick also was marketed in Austria and on the Czech area by a Czech dealer as the "Svetovid".
The Home Blick in the UK was always sold with the wood case. The leather case was extra, but not the wooden one. In the U.S., no mention is made of the case in the advertising. In the U.S. in 1914, the Home Blick sold for $27.50. That is a discount from the $35 price for the #5, for which the production ended in 1913.
|Blick Electric/Dactyle Electrique|
At least three different models in sequence; some argue for 4 models; they all appear to use direct current (DC Power).
This might have been intended to aid sales in a big city like NYC and in areas that needed batteries for regular electricity.
The Dactyle version was discussed in a 1905 article, but none are known to have survived. There is no documentation of how many were made. However, Western Union ordered enough to place one in all their trunk-line offices; that alone would have accounted for at least several hundred.