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Thread: Vintage machine question, hidden numbers but not serial numbers

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    ok, was that cryptic enough 8-)

    Just this week I have purchased two vintage machines, a 301A and a 201-2. While fondling my new toys I have found numbers, almost in day-month-year fashion in hidden spots on both of these machines.
    On the first one, I thought maybe a service center dated some work they did but when I found the same style of numbering on the second machine....???
    Both machines were purchased 150 miles apart, the odds that they were in the same service shop is a bazillion to one as I live in the Seattle area.

    Anyway, on the 301A number is under top cap written on metal. It's written exactly as: 6-22-7
    On the 201-2 is written on the plated head cover (?) as:
    4-29-7

    Anyone have any thoughts on these numbers? I'm baffled.

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    Oh, forgot to mention, looks almost like they were written with a small sharpie, black permanent marker style

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    I have seen those also on the later machines that were made towards the tail end of the 50's and in the 60's. They do look like dates in a way but all the ones I have seen have not been legible.

    Billy

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    Could they be replacement part numbers rather than dates?

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    Not part numbers I can tell you that because of the spots that they were written and they are all hand written.


    Billy

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    Interesting....

    One machine dates to 1938, the other mid 50's.
    It's the tidiest of writing. I'll post pictures later today. Did they have permanent markers back then?

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