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World: Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Also known as • America (World) • Boston (World)

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.
  1886 Patents:
US350717
Filed Jan 20, 1880 • Issued Oct 12, 1886
Patented in 1886 by John Becker of Boston, Mass., USA and manufactured by the World Typewriter Co., of Portland, Maine. Later manufactured by the bicycle maker Pope Manufacturing Co. of Boston and still later by the Typewriter Improvement Co. of Boston.
Also marketed in Europe under the name America and Boston, which should not be confused with the rarer Boston Index, and is of a different design.
16
No. 1 1886 Index typewriter, type is a strip of rubber mounted on a swinging sector and is usually missing. Pad inking. Characters chosen by a pointer over a semi-circular index and printing is by pressing down on a bar that runs the length of the platen. A ball on a spring arm attached to the right end of the printing bat strikes a bell in the center of the swinging sector to warn of the end of margin.
Prints Capitals only.
16
No. 2 1890 Larger than the No. 1, prints Capitals and Lowercase, comes in a plush-lined wooden case. 16
Platen Diameter       unknown  
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