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Someone just posted these pics on Facebook.  We've all seen this Hamilton Beach motor on many different machines, but I never would have guessed that Singer used it too.  The s/n is a G-series, from 1919.  Was this a very early electric portable?

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As it turns out there were 937 patents that were issued May 22, 1917. I couldn't find any assigned to Singer or Western Electric. I found an image of a Western Electric Motor with the same patent date. I found about ten patents regarding motors on that date that were assigned to Westinghouse Electric Co. (1227291, 1227292, 1227413-7, 1227433-4, and 1227469)

One Hamilton Beach motor has a May 22, 1917 and January 6, 1920 patent dates. Another has a September 18, 1917 patent date. After searching through May 22's I decided I didn't want to look for any more patents.

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That's a lot of patent research!!  Interesting that there were none for Western Electric -- I actually did think they might have had a hand in introducing that thing.  But Westinghouse is maybe more likely, I guess -- W.E. was really a telephone company.  My Western Electric motor has the September 18, 1917 date -- maybe I'll take a look at those.

But really, what's most interesting to me is that Singer got on that bandwagon, for  a short time at least.

Does anyone know when Singer first made an electric portable?

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Paul, how do you know this is original for this machine? Couldn't it have been a converted treadle?

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Singer didn't use these motors. Someone switched it out.
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...Does anyone know when Singer first made an electric portable?

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According to https://www.singer.com/history the first electric portable in 1921, but it doesn't say which model/s.

Granted that motor probably wouldn't have come with that machine originally, I would imagine that it was an alternative to update the machine, rather than buying a new machine that came with a motor.

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Okay, sounds like the 1919 66 didn't come with that motor.  I'm still surprised that Singer badged that motor at all.

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