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Moskva Updated, Janalif added! Mon, 21 Dec 2015
More research from Alex Sandler gives some more clarity on some brands we knew very little about, and even some nice info on Janalif, which is apparently more correct than the previous spelling of "Yanalif". Additionally, some orphaned categories like Progress, Volga and Ortekh got logically linked to their respective predecessors. I recommend checking out the source documents for #64 for additional identifying photos and the list of documented serial numbers from which these lists were compiled.

Moskva Age List added! Fri, 18 Dec 2015
Well, we haven't got much on many of the old Soviet-era manufacturers, but there is some research going on there with collectors, and thanks to member Alex Sandler and his list of dated Moskva serial numbers, we have a *very rough* approximation of that manufacturer's production now, which is better than nothing. :D

Remington page updated Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Zetix noted some clarification could be made in the portables section for the very earliest serial datecodes for Juniors and Early Portables and could use the addition of the early Rem-Blicks. This has been done (:

Gourland and National Portex updated! Mon, 16 Nov 2015
Added a page for Gourland, now that we've got two of 'em, and updated page for National Portex, adding sub-brand "Portex" to suit a machine now in that category.

Triumph Page Updated Sun, 16 Aug 2015
Thanks to the eagle eye of Georg S., I've updated the Triumph page with new info from sources 24 and 30. Also fixed a bunch of broken tags.. :D

Smith-Corona page updated Mon, 20 Jul 2015
Added a couple more years worth of extrapolation to the early Galaxies, and put in some data from the Color chart included in the 1964 5-Series Service Manuals. Interesting color names used by Smith Corona in the late 50's and early 60's suggest that the "baby poop brownish-green" we all love to hate is actually called "Sapphire Grey". Bizarre. :D

Royal Portables updated! Sat, 27 Jun 2015
Many updates to the section on Royal Portables. I've also re-classified, normalized and re-dated almost 300 galleries, so now the "Model by date/serial number" pages for Royal portables are now much more coherent and correct. (:

Japy page has been updated! Wed, 29 Apr 2015
Japy page has been expanded with new data from Source #24.

SIM/SimType/Montana/Oliver (Italy) pages updated! Sat, 18 Apr 2015
I've re-examined the sources in light of newest research compiled by collectors of these brands, and have finally made the connection that SIM and Montana were the same company. This realization causes a number of things to fall into place, and allows us to unify several disparate categories into a single serial number page that offers a concise and holistic view of the history of this particular manufacturing concern from 1931 to 1968. Whew! (:

Sub-brands now linked to top-level Brands in some searches. Thu, 02 Apr 2015
I've modified the queries that return results in the "Brand" searches so that if you search a top-level Brand (like "Brother"), you'll also get results from Brother's sub-brands (like Wedgefield, Mongomery Wards, Western Auto, etc..)

The inverse is not so, thus if you specifically search a sub-brand (like Wedgefield) you will not get results from the other sub-brands or the top-level brand.

This is meant to allow you to see the progression of model designs if you sort the result by year, and you get to see the machines made by that company but sold under different brands. It is primarily useful to me to visualize where models go in the timeline - catching misfiles and misdates is much easier in this view, as well as acting as a visual reference that helps to make the serial number pages a little clearer in my head. Hopefully you will also find it useful.