When Was My Typewriter Made?

This is probably the most popular question that comes from non-collectors without resource materials, and also from collectors who have limited research materials available. This page is an attempt to answer that question for most collectible typewriters. The dates that are given are from several print and on-line research sources and generally considered the first year that each particular model was made. Some models were made for a matter of months while others were made for years. Serial numbers can sometimes help but manufacturers were known to sometimes s-t-r-e-t-c-h the truth and not start with serial number 001. If you check the Typewriter Database by Dirk Schumann you may be able to whittle down the date a little more!

The list is alphabetical so just scroll down to find your machine or click on the first letter of the brand on the line below to go to that section of the list. If your machine isn't there, or you can help us with a machine listed with no date, please let us know by writing to us at etcetera@writeme.com

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Adler 7 1898

Adler 11 1909

AEG 1921

Aktiv 1913

Alexander 1914

Allen 1918

American Index 1893

American $10 Typewriter

American (keyboard) 1901

American Visible 1901

Annell 1914

Archo 1920

Arlington 1914

Atlas 1915

Automatic 1881

Babycyl

Baka 1908

Bar-Let 1930

Barlock 1 1888

Barlock 2

Barlock 4 1893

Barlock 6 1896

Barratt 1915

Bavaria 1921

Bee 1934

Bennett 1910

Bennington 1903

Bijou (folding)

Bing 1 1927

Bing 2 1927

Blake 1905

Blickensderfer 5 1893

Blickensderfer 6 1906

Blickensderfer 7 1897

Blickensderfer 8 1908

Blickensderfer 9 1916

Blick 90 1919

Blick Bar 1913

Blick Electric 1902

Blick (Home Blick)

Blick (Noco Blick) 1910

Blick Oriental 1908

Blick (Rem Blick) 1928

Blick Universal

Boston 1888

Bradford 1906

Brooks 1895

Burlingame 1908

Burnett 1908

Burns 1889

Burroughs 1931

Burroughs Electric 1932

Burroughs Moon Hopkins 1921

Cahill 1899

Caligraph 1 (single case) 1880

Caligraph 2 (72 keys) 1890

Caligraph 3 (78 keys) 1890

Caligraph 4 (78 keys and left-hand platen knob) 1895

Carissima 1934

Carmen 1920

Cartograph Tessari 1907

Cash 1887

Celtic 1920

Celtic Portable 1922

Century 10 1914

Cereseto 1907

Champignon 1898

Champion 1891

Chicago 1899

Chicago 3

Cito 1904

Coffman 1902

Columbia (index) 1885

Columbia Barlock 8

Columbia Barlock 10

Columbia Barlock 14 1910

Commercial Visible 1898

Conover (Chicago)

Continental 1904

Contin 1922

Continental portable 1929

Continental Silenta 1934

Corona 3 (folding) 1912

Corona 4 portable 1924

Corona Special 1906

Courier 1903

Cram 1907

Crandall 1 1884

Crandall 2 (New Model)

Crandall 3 (Universal)1893

Crandall 4 1895

Crary 1892

Crown 1888

Culema 1920

Dactygam 1920

Dactyle

Darling 1910

Dart 1899

Daugherty 1893

Daw & Tate 1885

Dayton 1924

Dea 1909

Demountable 1921

Dennis Duplex 1894

Densmore 1 1891

Densmore 2 1897

Densmore 3 1902

Densmore 4 1902

Densmore 5 1903

Densmore 6

Diamont 1921

Discret 1899

Dollar 1891

Draper (Chicago)

Duplex (Dennis) 1895

D W F 1922

Eagle (Sterling variant) 1905

Eclipse 1898

Edelmann 1897

Edison Mimeograph 1892

Edland 1891

Electromatic 1929

Elliott & Hatch

Elliott-Fisher 1903

Ellis 1920

Emerson 1907

Empire 1892

Empire #2 1908

Empire #3 1921

English 1890

Erika (folding) 1910

Essex 1890

Excelsior 1921

Faktotum 1912

Famos 1910

Fay-Sholes 1901

Federal Visible 1919

Felio 1919

Fitch 1888

Fontana 1921

Ford 1895

Fox 1 1898

Fox 3 1899

Fox 4 1899

Fox 10 1905

Fox 15 1905

Fox 23 1908

Fox 24 1912

Fox (folding portable) 1917

Fox Sterling

Franklin (The Franklin - name on banner) 1891

Franklin (The Franklin - Old English lettering)

Franklin (New Franklin)

Franklin 7

Franklin 9

Franklin 10 1904

Frankonia 1911

Frister & Rossman (Caligraph) 1888

Garbel 1919

Gardner 1890

Geniatus 1928

Gerda 1921

Gisela 1921

Golden Rule 1882

Gourland early 1920s

Granville Automatic 1896

Graphic 1895

Grundy (patented 1887)

Gundka 1920s

Haberl 1907

Halda 1896

Hall (NY) 1881

Hall (Salem) 1885

Hall (Boston) 1889

Hammond 1 1883

Hammond 2 1895

Hammond 12 1905

Hammond Multiplex 1913

Hammond Multiplex (folding) 1923

Hammonia 1882

Harris Visible 1911

Hartford (double keyboard) 1894

Hartford (shift key) 1901

Helios 1908

Helios-Klimax 1914

Hermes 1920

Herrington 1884

Home Blick

Hooven Automatic 1912

Horton 1883

IBM Selectric 1961

Ideal A1-A2 1897

Ideal A3-A4

Imperial A 1908

Imperial B 1915

Imperial D 1919

Imperial Portable 1919

Imperial 50 1927 (through 1955)

Imperial Good Companion 1932 (through 1961)

Imperial 55 1937 (through 1961)

Imperial 66 1954 (through 1967)

Index Visible

International (double keyboard) 1889

International (shift key)

International #5 (index)

Jackson 1895

Jewett 1 1892

Jewett 2 1895

Jewett 3 1895

Jewett 4 1897

Jewett 5 1897

Junior (Bennett style) 1907

Junior GSN (toy)

Kanzler 1 1903

Kanzler 2

Kanzler 3

Kanzler 4

Keaton Music Typewriter 1950s

Keystone 1 1899

Keystone 2

Klein Adler

Kneist

Kosmopolit 1888

Lambert 1902

Lasar late 1880s

L C Smith No. 2 1903

L C Smith No. 8 1915

L C Smith Super-Speed 1937

Lilliput 1907

Longini 1906

Lord Baltimore

Lucznik FK 1933 (through 1939)

Ludolf

Malling Hansen

Manhattan 1898

Maskelyne 1899

Masspro 1932

McCool 1903

McLoughlin 1884

Mercedes 1907

Mercedes Electra 1920

Mercury

Merritt 1890

Mignon 1 1904

Mignon 2

Mignon 3 1913

Mignon 4 1924

Molle 1918

Monarch 1904

Moon-Hopkins 1911

Morris 1886

Moya 1 1902

Moya 2

Munson 1 1889

Munson 2 1895

Munson 3 1897

National 1889

National (portable) 1916

New American #5

New Century Caligraph 1899

New Franklin

New World 1893

New Yost 1889

Niagara 1902

Noco Blick 1910

Noiseless (office model) 1912

Noiseless (portable) 1921

North's 1892

Odell 1 (seal foot base) 1889

Odell 1 (round base)

Odell 2

Odell 3

Odell 4

Odell 5

Official

Oliver 1 1894

Oliver 2 1896

Oliver 3 1898

Oliver 5 1906

Oliver 7 1914

Oliver 9 1916

Oliver 11 1922

Oliver portable 1931

Olivetti Lexicon 1954 (through 1959)

Olivetti Lettera 22 1954 (through 1964)

Olivetti Lettera 32 1965

Olivetti M-1 1911

Olivetti M-20 1920

Olivetti M-40 1930

Olivetti Studio 42 1938

Olivetti Studio 44 1952

Parisienne 1885

Pearl (linear index) 1887

Pearl (circular index) 1891

Peerless 1895

Peoples 1891

Perkeo (folding) 1912

Phonix 1908

Picht (typewheel) 1899

Pittsburg Visible 10 1898

Pittsburg Visible 11 1908

Pittsburg Visible 12 1911

Pocket 1887

Polygraph 1903

Portex

Postal 3 1902

Postal 5

Postal 7

Protos (Adler) 1922

Rapid (thrust action) 1888

Rapid (Fox style)

Rem Blick 1928

Remington 2 1878

Remington 3

Remington 4 1879

Remington 5 1886

Remington 6 1894

Remington 7 1897

Remington 8 1897

Remington 9 1903

Remington 10 1908

Remington 12 1922

Remington Electric (Northeast Appliance motor) 1925

Remington Junior 1914

Remington Noiseless 5 1915

Remington Noiseless 6 1925

Remington Portable information page by Richard Polt (click)

Remington Noiseless (portable)

Remington portable (pop-up keys) 1920

Remington Portable 3 1930

Remington 3B 1935

Remington Portable 5 1933

Remington Sholes (Rem-Sho) 1896

Rico A-1

Rofa 1921

Royal 1 1906

Royal 5 1911

Royal 10 - double glass 1914

Royal 10 - single glass 1923

Royal 10 - no glass

Royal Junior portable1935

Royal KHM 1936

Royal portable 1927 (through 1947)

Royal Signet portable 1932

Sabb

Salter 5 1892

Salter 6 1900

Salter 7 1907

Salter 10 1908

Salter Visible 1913

Sampo 1894

Sampson Permagraph 1929

Saturn 1899

Schade 1896

Secor 1911

Shimer 1898

Sholes & Glidden 1874

Sholes Visible

Skrivekugle

Smith Premier 1 1889

Smith Premier 2 1896

Smith Premier 3 1896

Smith Premier 4 1896

Smith Premier 5 1901

Smith Premier 10 1908

Sphinx 1913

Standard Folding (portable) 1908

Stearns 1918

Sterling 1905

Stoewer 1903

Stoewer Record 1909

Sun (index w/wood base) 1885

Sun (index w/dog bone base) 1888

Sun #2 (keyboard) 1901

Surety

Taurus 1908

Thurey 1908

Tip Tip

Travis 1895

Triumph Perfect Visible 1907

Triumph Visible 1907

Underwood 1 1897

Underwood 2 1897

Underwood 3 1900

Underwood 4 1901

Underwood 5 1901

Underwood Noiseless 1929

Vari-typer 1927

Velograph 1886

Venus

Victor (index) 1889

Victor 1 (keyboard) 1907

Victor 10 1919

Victor Portable 1927

Victoria (Famos)

Virocyl

Virotyp 1914

Visigraph 1910

Volksschreibmaschine 1898

Waverly

Wellington 1892

Westphalia 1884

Williams 1 1891

Williams 2 1897

Williams 3 1897

Williams 4 1900

Williams 6 1904

Woodstock 1914

Woodstock Electrite 1924

World (single case/graceful) 1885

World (double case) 1887

World (New World) 1893

Yetman

Yost 1 1887

Yost 2

Yost 4 1895

Yost 10 1902

Yost 15 1908

Yost 20 1912

Yost (New Yost) 1889

Young American 1916

Yu Ess (Mignon)