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Serial Number Table Last Edited: 08/1/16 12:12
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.
  1889 Patents:
US438971
Filed Jul 11, 1889 • Issued Oct 21, 1890
US449923
Filed May 26, 1890 • Issued Apr 7, 1891
Patented in 1889 by Frank .D. Taylor and Joseph. A. White of Hartford, Conneticut, this was the first known "daisywheel" index typewriter. Later improvements patented by A.I. Jacobs. In 1891, E.G. Young developed an electrified model of the Victor Index.
I can find no patents that look like "Victor" from Taylor, White or "E.G. Young", however, I did find patents for Victor and Victor Electric under Edward F. Youngs, so I suppose I should figure out why all the wacky names are listed in sources. The patents for Taylor and White look a lot like the later Franklin, so maybe they belong there?
Manufactured by the Tilton Mfg. Co., Boston, MA. Similar to the World typewriter, but no connection is known other than both being made in Boston.
Sold for $15 by Tilton Mfg. Co. 321 Broadway, New York, NY USA.
5,16,61
1890 Elaborate gold scrollwork decorates this index machine. Platen length: 7.75", prints 80 characters.
Selector lever moves in a 180 degree arc, geared to revolve the daisy wheel 360 degrees. A hammer presses the rubber type against the paper. Inking by ink pad.
5,16,61
  1891   Tilton Manufacturing Co. adopts design for a new keyboard typewriter and begins manufacture of "The Franklin" and reorganizes as the Franklin Typewriter Co. 16
Platen Diameter       unknown  
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