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Noiseless: Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 08/23/16 12:40
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.

  1896-1903
Patents:
US630060
Filed Nov 17, 1896 • Issued Aug 1, 1899
US981657
Filed Jun 3, 1910 • Issued Jan 17, 1911
US1013084
Filed Aug 13, 1907 • Issued Aug 13, 1907
US1046205
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Dec 3, 1912
US1046229
Filed Aug 18, 1905 • Issued Dec 3, 1912
US1049767
Filed Apr 19, 1909 • Issued Jan 7, 1913
US1049768
Filed Apr 19, 1909 • Issued Jan 7, 1913
US1053065
Filed Apr 27, 1908 • Issued Feb 11, 1913
US1055566
Filed Jun 19, 1912 • Issued Mar 11, 1913
US1077941
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Nov 4, 1913
US1082556
Filed Apr 19, 1909 • Issued Dec 30, 1913
US1082535
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Dec 30, 1913
US1082536
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Dec 30, 1913
US1082537
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Dec 30, 1913
US1082538
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Dec 30, 1913
US1084385
Filed Jun 5, 1913 • Issued Jan 13, 1914
US1084347
Filed Jun 5, 1913 • Issued Jan 13, 1914
US1094816
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Apr 28, 1914
US1103158
Filed Jun 24, 1907 • Issued Jul 14, 1914
US1104359
Filed Dec 13, 1913 • Issued Jul 21, 1914
US1108485
Filed Feb 21, 1910 • Issued Aug 25, 1914
US1116490
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Nov 10, 1914
US1120660
Filed Apr 13, 1910 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1120676
Filed Mar 22, 1910 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1120726
Filed Jun 21, 1910 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1120747
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1120976
Filed May 14, 1914 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1121018
Filed Apr 25, 1906 • Issued Dec 15, 1914
US1122764
Filed Apr 22, 1909 • Issued Dec 29, 1914
US1122775
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Dec 29, 1914
US1123463
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Jun 5, 1908
US1123561
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Jan 5, 1915
US1123771
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Jan 5, 1915
US1127048
Filed Sep 27, 1910 • Issued Feb 2, 1915
US1130130
Filed May 3, 1910 • Issued Mar 2, 1915
US1141168
Filed Oct 11, 1910 • Issued Jun 1, 1915
US1146578
Filed Apr 22, 1909 • Issued Jul 13, 1915
US1149659
Filed Jun 3, 1908 • Issued Aug 10, 1915
US1155635
Filed Apr 27, 1908 • Issued Oct 5, 1915
US1155634
Filed Apr 27, 1908 • Issued Oct 5, 1915
US1155636
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Oct 5, 1915
US1158941
Filed Apr 27, 1908 • Issued Nov 2, 1915
US1160560
Filed Mar 5, 1910 • Issued Nov 16, 1915
US1161181
Filed Mar 17, 1910 • Issued Nov 23, 1915
US1162192
Filed Jun 5, 1908 • Issued Nov 30, 1915
US1162434
Filed Apr 22, 1910 • Issued Nov 30, 1915
US1163971
Filed Jul 30, 1910 • Issued Dec 14, 1915
US1163955
Filed May 9, 1908 • Issued Dec 14, 1915
US1163966
Filed May 14, 1910 • Issued Dec 14, 1915
US1164623
Filed Apr 9, 1910 • Issued Dec 21, 1915
US1164622
Filed Jun 3, 1908 • Issued Dec 21, 1915
US1164942
Filed Apr 22, 1909 • Issued Dec 21, 1915
US1164945
Filed Apr 16, 1909 • Issued Dec 21, 1915
Portable:
US1063289
Filed Jul 20, 1908 • Issued Jun 3, 1913
The Noiseless typewriter was invented by Wellington Parker Kidder of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, who had already achieved success with the Franklin and Wellington. Kidder began collaborating with Charles Carrol Colby, a Stanstead, Quebec Canadian investor and promoter, in 1896 to develop a noiseless typewriter using the "pressure print theory". Colby previously had promoted the Wellington overseas and established successful manufacture of that design with Empire in the U.K., and Adler in Germany.
Between 1896-1903 Kidder and Colby worked mainly on other commercial ideas like pneumatic saws, bark-scrapers and even a brief flirtation with automobiles, forming the Kidder Motor Vehicle Company, building steam motors in New Haven, CT. before failing in 1903.
After 1903, Kidder returns to the noiseless typewriter idea, but Colby is in poor health and suggests Kidder find a new partner. Kidder then partners with Buffalo, NY buisnessman George Matthews and W. C. Ely, who fund the creation of Parker Machine Company.
After the sale of Noiseless to Remington in 1924, Kidder attempts one last design before his death; the tiny Rochester.

Platen Diameter: unknown, Composition: Steel, without rubber covering.
Serial Number Location Standard: On a plate, right side, top under right end of carriage. Portable: on outside of rear frame, at bottom, center.
Ribbon/Inking Standard: bichrome 1/2" ribbon. Portable: single-color 7/16" ribbon.

5,6,27, 31,59,61, 65,109
Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
  1904     A model of the Noiseless design is taken to the Parker Machine Company in Buffalo, NY to be made ready for production.
$500,000 was spent between 1904-1909 developing the machine, with experimental work carried on in Woonsocket, R.I. and Hartford, Conneticut.
61,65
  1905      
  1906      
  1907     Jan 1907: C. C. Colby passes away, and his son Dr. C. W. Colby becomes more involved in financing the company and directing its efforts, sending Kidder's son Billy Kidder to demonstrate the new machine to investors in Montreal, raising $50,000 in stock subscriptions. 109
  1908     Parker Machine Co. becomes Silent Writing Machine Company of New York by recapitalization ($750,000) and exchange of securities.
Autumn, 1908: Silent Writing Machine Co. enters negotiation for purchasing the former Eisenhut Horseless Carriage Co. factory in Middletown, Conn. Contract is completed Dec. 31, 1908 and organizes Noiseless Typewriter Company of Conneticut to manufacture and sell the Noiseless design in the Western Hemisphere. President: W. Caryl Ely.
Dr. C. W. Colby becomes a director of the firm.
18,65,109
Model 1
"Cam Action"
1909 A factory is established in Middletown, Conneticut. Noiseless Typewriter Company is incorporated.
Design refinement continues, but now major tooling is begun for the Model 1 Noiseless under the direction of Edward Clark.
Model 1 runs serial numbers 1 to 2000.
Model 1 uses a flat metal bar as a platen and has a rubberized feed roller that is often mistaken as the platen, solid disc-shaped ribbon covers, 28 key 3-bank keyboard with CAP and FIG keys on left side of keyboard, backspacer and margin keys on right, no tabulator key, high paper table with "Noiseless" decal, short carriage return lever and a nickle-plated rim on the top cover at the head of the typebar assembly, where a triangular print-point indicator appears on later models. The patent dates end with April 7, 1908 and have an incorrect Feb 1, 1908 patent date.
59,61,109
1-2000 1910     The 1924 ADBM suggests that Model 1 ran to #5000 and Model 3 began at #5001 and ended at #12300.
Dec 1910: Articles featuring the Noiseless are published in Scientific American and Cassier's Engineering Monthly. The Model 1 first appears in a limited market.
18,41,59, 109
  1911     Production of the Model 1 is halted and withdrawn, as it is discovered that typists do not like the "cam action" feel of the machine. 109
  1912      
  1913     Feb 14, 1913: New action called the "momentum accumulator" designed by Nils H. Anderson.
October 1913: Noiseless is in financial distress due to "Cam Action" fiasco.
December 1913: The Noiseless Typewriter Co. reorganizes, Joseph Merriam becomes president, but soon cedes to C. W. Colby. Redesign engineering by Nils Anderson and William Lorenz, and newly-recruited engineers George Gould Going and James Ruin.
W. P. Kidder and Edward Clark parts ways with the company.
109
  1914     Feb 1914: E. J. Sheehan appointed General Sales Manager.
June 1914 to March 1915: factory tooling construction for Noiseless Model 3 design under direction of factory manager J. A. Ruffin.
Batches of early "momentum accumulator" designs are manufactured and tested.
65,86,101, 109
Model 3
10026-11000
1915 Model 3 begins March 15, 1915 at serial #3/10026 - 6,574 Manufactured.
Sales offices at Postal Telegraph Building, 253 Broadway, New York City are opened, but supply is such that only local distribution is pursued.
By the end of 1915, the design is finalized and sales price set at $135.
Similar platen bar configuration as Model 1, simplified paper finger with no connector. New longer return lever on left, triangular print point indicator. High paper table with decal but no nickle trim. Semicircular topped margin stops and 28 key 3-bank keyboard with Cap and Fig and lock on left and backspace, tab, Cap and margin release keys on right. Tombstone shaped pressure indicator partly obscures main decal. Back patent dates with Feb 11, 1908 correction and last date of Dec 26, 1911.
18,59,61, 86,109
11001-13000 1916     Noiseless Typewriter Co. begins General sales distribution and recruits foreign agencies.
18,59,61, 101
Model 4
13001-17000
1917 Model 4 begins in Oct 1917 at serial #4/16600 - 52,696 Manufactured.
Three bank keyboard with 28 keys and 84 characters. Double toggle action. Single-color ribbon. Cap, Fig and lock keys on left, backspace, tab, Cap, Fig and margin release keys on right. Steel platen roll begins, low paper table and high, nickled paper rest.
Noiseless establishes agencies in France, Italy, Holland, Spain and Egypt.
18,41,59, 61,65,109
17001-24000 1918     18,41,59, 61,84
24001-35000 1919     The Noiseless Typewriter Co. grants employees a 10% wage increase and reduces working hours from 54hrs/week to 50hrs/week.
George Gould Going, formerly factory superintendent, is promoted to Works Engineer in the Experimental Department to perfect his noiseless portable design. Arthur Jenner becomes superintendent.
Dec 1919: Noiseless declares first dividend of 2% on common stock, paid to stockholders on January 2, 1920.
18,41,59, 61,85
35001-51000 1920     Noiseless scores public relations coup when it becomes the only typewriter allowed on the floor of the 1920 Democratic and Republican Conventions. 13,18,41, 59,61,109
51001-60000 1921     Nov 1921: Noiseless Portable released (see below)
Whispers from the Noiseless Typewriter Company, in-house newsletter begins.
13,18,41, 61,65,109
60001-68000 1922     Jan 3, 1922: Noiseless convenes 3-day Branch Manager's conference
Aug 1922: Noiseless begins "Factory Rebuilt" program, rebuilding machines in the Middletown factory under the direction of Garrett S. O'Dell.
18,41,59, 82
Model 5
68001-77400
1923 Model 5 begins March 1923 at serial #5/69296
Three-row 30 key keyboard with 90 characters, bichrome ribbon, backspace, tabulator and key tension adjustment. Carriage mounted on ball-bearings, takes paper 10.5" wide with a writing line 9.5" long. Full drop speed escapement, 1/2/3 linespacing. Left and right margin stops. variable line spacer. Right and left-hand carriage release levers. Steel platen roll. Cap, Fig and lock keys on left, backspace, tab, Cap, Fig and margin release keys on right. Ribbon bichrome selector on right front, with "upper" and "lower" settings decaled. Smaller front "Noiseless" decal.

Carriage lengths and prices:
$135.00 - 10" carriage, paper 10.5: wide, writes 9.5" line.
$140.00 - 12" carriage, paper 12.5: wide, writes 11.5" line.
$145.00 - 14" carriage, paper 14.5: wide, writes 13.5" line.
$147.50 - 16" carriage, paper 16.5: wide, writes 15.5" line.
$150.00 - 18" carriage, paper 18.5: wide, writes 17.5" line.
$160.00 - 20" carriage, paper 20.5: wide, writes 19.5" line.
$185.00 - 26" carriage, paper 26.5: wide, writes 25.5" line.

18,59,61, 109
77401-up 1924     March 1924: Remington Typewriter Co. Purchases Noiseless Typewriter Co.
Noiseless Standard production was sold to Remington and remaining inventory becomes Remington Noiseless No. 5.
Discontinued Model 5 in Dec 1924.
Noiseless Typewriter Co. General Sales office remains open through 1924 at 253 Broadway, New York City.
13,18,59, 101
Portable
1-200
1921 Developed by George Gould Going in 1908 and introduced in November 1921 at a price of $65.
Three row 28 key keyboard writing 84 characters. Right and left-hand shift keys with shift lock and release, backspace and margin release keys. Carriage mounted on ball bearings, takes paper 9.5" wide, writing a 7.25" line. Steel platen. Full drop speed escapement, left hand line space lever with 1 or 2 space line advance and ratchet release. Backspacer, right and left margin stops and end-of-line lock. Magin release key.
Weight: 6.5lbs without case, 8lbs with case. Case dimensions: 11.25" long, 9.5" wide and 4.75" tall.
Available typefaces: Pica, Elite, Medium Roman or Gothic.
59,61,65
201-2600 1922     Approximation
 
2601-5000 1923     Approximation
 
5001-6500 1924     Approximation
Portable model discontinued on Remington takeover. Remaining units sold through Remington sales channels. Some remaining 3-bank Noiseless Portables may have been labelled "Remington", similar to the remaining Noiseless Model 5's.
In 1931 Remington releases a redesigned 4-bank Noiseless Portable and also licenses the design to Underwood.
 
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