Posted on February 08, 2015
If you’re looking to purchase an antique Smith-Corona typewriter or looking to restore one you already have, one of the first things you need to know is when your typewriter was made. There are a number of places online that can help you date your typewriter. You’ll need to know your typewriter’s serial number in order to date your typewriter.
Where’s the serial number on my typewriter?
Many times, the serial number on a typewriter can take a little bit of work to find. It would be helpful to have a flashlight handy. Manufacturers put serial numbers in many different places— where you find the serial number depends on the make and model of your typewriter. Sometimes, you may need to move the carriage all the way to the left or right and look at the area revealed. Many Smith-Corona portables have the serial number under the ribbon cover--lift up the ribbon cover and peer at the inner frame of the machine. If you haven’t found the serial number yet—try looking in a corner of the slotted panel behind the keyboard or look at the bottom of the typewriter.
The following website can help you date your typewriter by serial number: