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Garbell: Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 08/1/16 02:52
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.
  1919 Patents:
US1305893
Filed May 2, 1918 • Issued Jun 3, 1919
US1457971
Filed Nov 1, 1920 • Issued Jun 5, 1923
Manufactured by the Garbell Typewriter Corporation, incorporated in January of 1919 at 1812-14 Ellen Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Inventor Max Garbell went on to design the Venus typewriter (1924), which eventually became the short-lived Victor Portable (1925-27). 16,91,92
No. 1 1919 Announced December, 1919.
Thrust-action 3-bank portable, geared rather than spring-action, 28-key, double-shift.
Height 4", weight 5 1/2 pounds, carriage gear driven, rocker bearing, double ball bearing races, bichrome ribbon selector. Considered to be of poor quality. Interchangable carriage via a single-lever release mechanism, rotary escapement.
Ads suggest the existence of No.1s but there is no evidence substantiating a No.2 nor are there any known No.1 or No.2 in collector hands. Ads place the No.1 to the Ellen Street factory. Retailed for $40.
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No. 3 1920 Thrust-action 3-bank portable, geared rather than spring-action, 28-key, double-shift.
Height 4", weight 5 1/2 pounds, carriage gear driven, rocker bearing, double ball bearing races, bichrome ribbon selector. Considered to be of poor quality. Interchangable carriage via a single-lever release mechanism, rotary escapement.
All known Garbells are No.3 models. Comparing known No.3s to old ads of No.1s note that the decals were a different font and the word "The" was dropped. It also appears that the top plates for the two models were affixed differently. Furthermore, the No.1 had a paper bale above the platen to which the fingers were attached and its spacebar had a 3rd sub-lever present. The No.3 also had a larger index card holder above the ribbon vibrator. Ads place the No.3 to the West Lake Street factory.
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1921   February 1921: Garbell Typewriter Company moved to new location at 4309-37 West Lake Street, Chicago, Ill., USA 92
1923   The Garbell Company went into receivership in 1923. In July 1923, O.D. Jennings & Company acquired the Garbell Typewriter Company including the factory, tooling, machinery, patents, and all complete and incomplete typewriters. The Jennings company attempted to produce the Garbell themselves but without success. 16,92
Platen Diameter       unknown  
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