Silver Reed

The following dates of first manufacture are based on advertising and other documentary evidence.

Office (Professional) Typewriters

  • 1982 EX 55
  • 1983 EX 50
  • 1984 EX 66, 77, 78
  • 1986 EZ 50
  • 1987 EZ 45
  • 1988 EZ 46

Compact (Semi Professional) Typewriters

  • 1982 EX 44, 42
  • 1983 EX 43N
  • 1984 EX 200, 300
  • 1987?  EZ 30

Portable (Personal) Typewriters

  • 1985 EX 30, 30E, 32, 34, 34N, 85EP, 87EP
  • 1986 EZ 20
  • 1987 EP 10
  • 1988 EP 11
  • 1989 EZ 22, 26, 28

Serial number analysis:

Silver Reed electronic typewriter serial numbers do not appear to be date-coded.
The first two digits are possibly a factory code and a model code, respectively.

Portables

The expected years of manufacture for the EP 10 and EP 11 based on advertising is 1987-1988:

  • EP 11 #95034984
  • EP 10 #95………….. (partly illegible)

The expected date range for EX series portables is 1985-1986 based on advertising:

  • 85EP (EX-30)  #83088843
  • 85EP (EX-30)  #83088915
  • EX-30   #83011414
  • EX-30E #83171072
  • EX-30   #83136212
  • EX-32   #83077685
  • EX-34   #83052275
  • EX-34   #83080729
  • EX-34   #83080870

The expected date range for EZ series portables is 1986 to 1988 based on advertising:

  • EZ20  #92121013
  • EZ20  #92443257
  • EZ20  #92301030
  • Sumitronics TW302 (EZ20)  #92080984
  • Plus PW E20 (EZ20)              #92150473

Made in the USA EZ 22, 26, 28 are quite different to the models above as shown by the serial numbering, the expected date range 1989-90.

  • EZ 22 #99 016920 (99 is a prefix in a smaller font)

Compacts

The expected range for the EX 42, EX 44 and EX 43N is 1982 to 1984 based on advertising and other documentary evidence. Serial numbers are stamped onto the inside of the metal base plate.

  • EX 42 (my collection)     #84255483
  • EX 43N (my collection)  #84219740

The expected range for the EX 200 and EX 300 is 1984-1985:

  • EX 300 #73020617

Daisy wheel printers

Based on advertising the expected range for this printer is 1987 to 1988:

  • EXP 800  #43014177