I recently found a machine just like the one pictured at a garage sale for $5. I had never heard of this brand but thought I couldn't pass it up. Can anyone tell me how to find out when it was manufactured? I did find a copy of the manual online so that has been a big help. From what I read, many of the machines at that time were made in Japan and then badged with different brands here in the United States. The number stamped into the bottom of the machine is A 859622. I appreciate your help!!!