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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Last of the Empire's Aristocrats

This S2 series Empire Aristocrat is one of the last made by British Typewriters in West Bromwich. It was made in 1958, just as British Typewriters had entered talks with Smith-Corona-Marchant for the takeover of the West Brom factory. The Aristocrat continued to be made until 1960, when it was succeeded by SCM's Empire Corona (4Y series), based on the Corona Skyriter. The S2 series started at serial number 250,001 in 1955 and reached 401750, with just 350 made in the last year.
This machine was imported into Australia by Macdougalls and sold by typewriter mechanic John Cyril Woolf at 310 George Street, Sydney, opposite the Wynyard Station.

3 comments:

Richard P said...

Love the Woolf seal!

My Aristocrat has serial number S2/194E086.

shordzi said...

Long live typospherian friendship!

writelephant.com said...

Terrific little typewriter!