The Odell was invented by Levi Judson Odell in 1889. First models were made in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and sported a wonderful American Indian design. The company soon moved to Chicago and that is where this particular machine was made. It is of the linear design and has its original type bar and comes with its original case. It is the machine photographed and pictured on page 158 of Michael Adlers' From Creed to Qwerty, published by Schiffer in 1997.
This machine is all original except for the paper index which was replaced. The action is slow and its estimated condition rating is 2,2-.