1964* Penncrest (SCM) Concord 10 #P5TE-105697
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-14-2014 at 09:08AM
Last Edit: 07-14-2014 at 09:08AM
The Concord shown here is a variant of Smith-Corona's "5TE" electric, billed as the world's first electric portable. The color and ribbon cover design are completely different from any other 5TE. In fact, I've never seen another example of a rebadged 5TE.
The 5TE, serial #P5TE-105697 is a good example of how tricky it can be to date machines manufactured for other distributors. Sometimes they were manufactured within the parent line's serial number sequence; sometimes they weren't. 105697 is a lower number than the 5TE line is known to have started with (132611). Furthermore, in their Aug 24, 1964 trademark filing for the Concord name, J.C. Penney states that the first use "in commerce" was April 10, 1964. Smith-Corona discontinued the 5TE in 1963. What appears to have happened is that Smith-Corona continued to manufacture the 5TE for resale beyond 1963, but reset the serial numbers. I am going to therefore tentatively date this 5TE Concord 10 to 1964.
Hunter: Alan Seaver (Olivander)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Located 20 minutes into the past in the penthouse suites of Oliver Towers, overlooking the heart of downtown.
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