Weapon of Choice: “Einstein” 1956 Tower Silent Atomic
New Sears Serial Number Page at the Typewriter Database!
But before we worry about how it all ended, let’s look at where it began. Fall of 1963 – the last “Tower” Electric is offered along with the very first “Sears” electric. The new version is a 12-incher!
The Sears Tutor was a pretty long-lived design, being offered from 1965 through 1969. The Sears Attache, however – only 1964 to 1966 for that nifty variation – and the Scout only lasted a single year.
Sears Cutlass in the TWDB Galleries
The very first Sears-badged Royal. These are among the last of the USA-Built Royal A-Frames along with the 1968/69 Cutlass. Soon, this tooling would be shipped to Messa in Portugal and Royal Sabres would be Portugese-built. This was also the first Sears typewriter so unremarkable that it was never called anything other than the “Portable” until it was resurrected as the new “Cutlass”. Four wildly different typewriter designs held the “Portable” name for Sears. A brand record for identity swaps in a single model name.
Fall, 1967 sees the introduction of the new Sears shell design by Karl Baughman.
The early 1970’s are all about the Portugese ABC/Cole Steel descendants, but Fall of 1972 sees the first Nakajima in the Sears lineup become the new “Portable”, displacing a Messa ABC design. You probably think of that shell style as “Olympian” and you’d be mostly right. This design is mostly seen badged as an Olympia Olympiette.
UPDATE: Hey, Nick Bodemer dug up one ad for the early variation of the Sears Cutlass, and it was indeed sold in February of 1965, right where we expected it to be. Sweet vindication! (: