When I saw this guitar on eBay, I remembered that I had seen the Richter brand name somewhere. I eventually tracked it down in the Bluebook of Guitars, 4th edition. There was a one paragraph entry that stated that Richter was a known house brand manufacturer that sold guitars through Montgomery Ward, but that not much else was known about them. The author of the paragraph speculated that the examples seen by him were "30's or 40's" era, but that precise dates had not been established. It would appear that this example confirms that, at least in June of 1936, Richter was making guitars for Montgomery Ward.