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190X American 7 Serial # 15739 190X American 7 typewriter, Serial # 15739 Stephen Clancy's 190X American 7 typewriter. 2018-03-02 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Stephen Clancy: 190X American 7 Serial # 15739 This typewriter is identical to the American No.7 but, rather than displaying the American decal on the top cover, it is branded as a "Mercantile". It is known that the American Typewriter Company would produce machines to be marketed by other vendors using their own brand name.
The serial number appears to follow the American sequence and, while there is no database for this machine, it appears that the "Mercantile" was introduced in 1908 (typewriterdepot.com - Typewriter Time Line) . Any clarification would be appreciated. This machine is missing the "F" key and is in the process of being cleaned up.
Many thanks to Bob and Hilde Trout who graciously gave me this machine.

190X American 7 #15739

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-23-2018 at 07:18PM
Last Edit: 03-02-2018 at 07:56PM


Description:

This typewriter is identical to the American No.7 but, rather than displaying the American decal on the top cover, it is branded as a "Mercantile". It is known that the American Typewriter Company would produce machines to be marketed by other vendors using their own brand name.
The serial number appears to follow the American sequence and, while there is no database for this machine, it appears that the "Mercantile" was introduced in 1908 (typewriterdepot.com - Typewriter Time Line) . Any clarification would be appreciated. This machine is missing the "F" key and is in the process of being cleaned up.
Many thanks to Bob and Hilde Trout who graciously gave me this machine.

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Serial number 15739
Serial number 15739

Top cover removed to show key assembly
Top cover removed to show key assembly

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Retired in June of 2015 and relocated from IL to NC (no more snow and cold but unfortunately, no more Portillo's Chicago dogs either). Missed my old manual typewriter and went on the hunt for a replacement. My first find was a 1920 Royal Model 10 (second design with the dual side glass) . Have always been very fond of typewriters, from the old portable that my mother used, to my first typing class in 1967, then on into the Navy where, as a Communications Yeoman, I worked on the AN/UGC-6 with the 28 ASR (automatic send receive) teletype machine as well as the IBM card punch machines in use at the time. I guess you can say that from 1967 onward, I have been typing on one machine or another, and now have started collecting as my little part in the preservation of the great machines of he past.



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