Tower Typewriter Serial Number Page Updated! munk January 6, 2019 From the Desk of Reverend Munk, The Typewriter Database 11 Comments Weapon of Choice: 1957 Tower Commander The New Tower Typewriter Serial Number Page on TWDB Canadian Tower Typewriters: Tantalizing Tidbits Smith-Corona Tabulators in the TWDB Tower Challengers in the TWDB Tower Commanders in the TWDB
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Nice work, Ted! I’ve always thought the Tower brand went into the 60s. Ya learn something new every day :)
That relabeled Patria will be hard to research, given how many countries produced Patria clones. I suspect it came from France or Spain.
Great work Ted.
Excellent post Ted. Now I’m curious about the Empire Aristocrat on one of those catalog pages, could that also have been a ‘Sears’ exclusive re-brand of the Hermes Baby?
not that I know of. Empire was a non-related typewriter brand in the UK and sold a lot of Aristocrats in England, so this was more like Sears having Royal QDLs in the catalog (which they also did).
Empire Aristocrats are identical to the Hermes Baby.
I have a “Tower” Single Lens Reflex 35mm camera purchased from Sears around 1964. I think a lot of the photographic gear had the Tower brand.
Just discovered this site. Found a TOWER QUITE TABULATOR, serial number 5ST557607 at a Goodwill for &8.
Opps, should be $8.
fyi, I have a Tower Voyager a.k.a. Skyriter and a Sears-Roebuck Tower ‘Oliver Courier’. I will post details and photos of on these two typewriters to the TWDB next.
I have a 1956 Tower Commander, S/N 4AT37398. It’s a 4 series Smith Corona with 1949 keys except the space bar is 1948 or before, no paper bail, tabulator and 1948 or before carriage. The return arm looks like a 1940s Clipper arm. Probably a Sterling equivalent (or maybe SC changed Clipper to Silent?). Inside it’s the reliable SC typewriter.
It looks like Sears sold the Silent Super as a Tower President in 1957-58.