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Rapid (Fox): Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Brand: Fox Also known as • Baby Fox • Rapid (Fox)

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 10/23/17 10:16
NOTE: dates shown are JAN 1 unless noted, so the serial number shown is the *first* serial number produced the given year. Exceptions are serial numbers preceded by "up to"(where you can assume that the numbers reported in that subsection are DECEMBER 31, END OF YEAR NUMBERS) or rows where a month is given in the month column. If the serial number is shown as a range (xxxx-xxxx) it indicates that we know the entire range of serial numbers for the given year.

History 1896-1898
Patents:
US614943
Filed Oct 19, 1896 • Issued Nov 29, 1898
US633827
Filed Nov 26, 1897 • Issued Sep 26, 1899
US633826 (electric?)
Filed Nov 8, 1897 • Issued Sep 26, 1899
US656785
Filed Mar 9, 1899 • Issued Aug 28, 1900
US670477
Filed Dec 9, 1899 • Issued Mar 26, 1901
US672523
Filed Oct 1, 1898 • Issued Apr 23, 1901
US697430
Filed Jun 12, 1900 • Issued Apr 15, 1902
US706749
Filed Nov 4, 1899 • Issued Aug 12, 1902
US727340
Filed Oct 1, 1898 • Issued May 5, 1903
US771620
Filed Dec 11, 1901 • Issued Oct 4, 1904
US775269
Filed Jul 31, 1902 • Issued Nov 15, 1904
US775270
Filed Dec 6, 1902 • Issued Nov 15, 1904
US837554
Filed Jul 31, 1902 • Issued Dec 4, 1906
US839129
Filed Sep 16, 1904 • Issued Dec 25, 1906
US839746
Filed Jul 17, 1905 • Issued Dec 25, 1906
US852427
Filed Dec 6, 1902 • Issued May 7, 1907
US852428
Filed Jun 7, 1906 • Issued May 7, 1907
US853965
Filed Feb 1, 1907 • Issued May 21, 1907
US854207
Filed Oct 29, 1904 • Issued May 21, 1907
US855509
Filed Mar 16, 1907 • Issued Jun 4, 1907
US856629
Filed Sep 16, 1904 • Issued Jun 11, 1907
US863372
Filed Apr 23, 1906 • Issued Aug 13, 1907
US864777
Filed Mar 4, 1907 • Issued Sep 3, 1907
US872809
Filed Feb 1, 1907 • Issued Dec 3, 1907
US879159
Filed Apr 23, 1906 • Issued Feb 18, 1908
US880290
Filed Jun 7, 1907 • Issued Feb 25, 1908
US880648
Filed Mar 16, 1907 • Issued Mar 3, 1908
US882058
Filed May 6, 1904 • Issued Mar 17, 1908
US912660
Filed Apr 23, 1906 • Issued Feb 16, 1909
US931855
Filed Dec 14, 1907 • Issued Aug 24, 1909
US978871
Filed Jan 21, 1907 • Issued Dec 20, 1910
US1001749
Filed Mar 19, 1906 • Issued Aug 29, 1911
US1014962
Filed Jun 5, 1911 • Issued Jan 16, 1912
US1015384
Filed Dec 6, 1910 • Issued Jan 23, 1912
US1087650
Filed Dec 9, 1911 • Issued Feb 17, 1914
US1096234
Filed Mar 4, 1907 • Issued May 12, 1914
US1163133
Filed Jun 7, 1907 • Issued Dec 7, 1915
US1163134
Filed Jan 18, 1912 • Issued Dec 7, 1915
Patented in 1898 by William R. Fox and Glen J. Barrett and manufactured by the Fox Typewriter Co., 472 Front St., Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
The design was complicated and expensive to manufacture, and while high-quality, it eventually doomed the company, helped along by legal problems with Corona.

Models 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 all Blind-Writers.
Models 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 all Visible Writers.
Models 1 and 2: 2,800 Total machines.
Model 3: 8,500 Total machines.
Model 4: 3,700 Total machines.
Models 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 20: 1,000 Total machines.

65,67,93
Platen Diameter       unknown  
           
Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
1-50 1898 No. 1
Model 1 introduced. First standard machine; 4-row upstrike, 39 keys. Total Machines: 50
Model 10 introduced. Export version of the Model 1 and later on the Model 3.
67
51-175 1899 No. 2
1899 Total Machines: 125
Model 2 introduced. Improved 4-row upstrike, with 44 keys.
67
176-1000 1900     1900 Total Machines: 825 67
1001-2250 1901 No. 3,4,5,6,7,8
1901 Total Machines: 1250
Model 3 introduced in April. Successor to Model 1; 4-row upstrike, 39 keys.
Model 4 introduced in April. Successor to Model 2; 4-row upstrike, 44 keys; Decimal Tabulator introduced in 1904.
Model 5 introduced. Carriage takes paper 12 inches wide, writes 9.5 inches.
Model 6 introduced. Carriage Takes paper 14.5 inches wide, writes 12 inches.
Model 7 introduced. Carriage Takes paper 16.5 inches wide, writes 14 inches.
Model 8 introduced. Carriage Takes paper 19 inches wide, writes 16.5 inches.
67
2251-3700 1902     1902 Total Machines: 1500 67
3751-7000 1903     1903 Total Machines: 3250 67
7001-11000 1904     1904 Total Machines: 4000
Decimal Tabulator on Model 4.
67
11001-16000 1905     1905 Total Machines: 5000 67
16001-19000 1906 No. 23
1906 Total Machines: 3000
February, 1906: Visible frontstroke announced to the trade, priced at $100.
Model 23 began. First visible machine, initially for the domestic market; tabulator introduced shortly after introduction, backspace added February 1910. Spiritual successor to Model 3. Platen 9.5" writing 7.5".
Two-speed escapement, segment shift, ball bearing carriage, bichrome ribbon, 39 keys, interchangable carriage, line lock, decimal tabulator (optional).
Fox visible machines run in serial numbers from 16,000 to about 125,000. The No. 23 machine disappears around serial 36,000. The serial is the second of the two numbers.
67,93
19001-25500 1907 No. 24,25,26,27,28
1907 Total Machines: 6500
Model 24 introduced. At first the export model, before being transitioned into an spiritual successor to the Model 4. Platen 9.5" writing 7.5".
Model 25 began. Wide Carriage; Platen 12", writing 9.5".
Model 26 began. Wide Carriage; Platen 14.5", writing 12".
Model 27 began. Wide Carriage; Platen 16.5", writing 14".
Model 28 began. Wide Carriage; Platen 19", writing 17".
Two-speed escapement, segment shift, ball bearing carriage, bichrome ribbon, 44 keys, interchangable carriage, line lock, decimal tabulator (optional).
67,93
25501-32000 1908     1908 Total Machines: 6500
The single-key tabulator was introduced 1908.
67
32001-43000 1909 Rapid 10
1909 Total Machines: 11000
The backspacer was introduced March of 1909.
67,130
42001-46500 1910     1910 Total Machines: 3500
"Rapid 10" Model 23 rebuilt at factory for surplus sale.
67
46501-52000 1911     1911 Total Machines: 5500 67
52001-60000 1912 New No. 24,25,26,28
1912 Total Machines: 8000
March, 1912: "New" Fox Visible line introduced. Small improvements including addition of carriage release lever on right side, repositioning backspace key, lighter touch. "Double Bevel" escapement replaces old "Two Speed" escapement. Removable, conical ribbon spool. New cemented celluloid dished keytops. 44 keys. Model 24 carriage now handles larger paper, and Model 23 and 27 are omitted from the product line:
Model 24. Normal Carriage; Platen 10.5", writing 8.5".
Model 25. Wide Carriage; Platen 12", writing 9.5".
Model 26. Wide Carriage; Platen 14.5", writing 12".
Model 28. Wide Carriage; Platen 19", writing 17".
The introduction of the carriage release lever on the right side of the carriage occurred in 1912.
67,93
60001-67000 1913     1913 Total Machines: 7000
Fox begins filing patents for simplifications to his design, hoping to decrese the cost of manufacturing the machine. None of these improvements are incorporated, however, and costs do not decrease.
67,93
67001-73000 1914     1914 Total Machines: 6000
67,93
73001-75500 1915 1-5   January through May 1915 - Total Machines: 2500
Fox Typewriter plant is partly idled as William R. Fox sells his interest in the company in January and the Fox Typewriter Co. reorganizes July 19, 1915. W.R. Fox returns to the Fox Machine Co. and removes to Jackson, Michigan, USA. Fox is now headed by Earl Stokoe, Irving Frank and F. I Chichester.
65,67,94
100000-102000 1915 6-12   June through December 1915 - Total Machines: 2000 67
102001-105120 1916     1916 Total Machines: 3120
October 1916: Fox becomes the first US manufacturer to announce that it is developing an in-house portable to compliment the line of standards.
67,94
105121-108240 1917     1917 Total Machines: 3120
Fox introduces portable Fox No. 1 (see below).
General Sales Manager Irving Franks resigns his position and sells his stock.
Fox Typewriter Co. increases its stock capitalization 2.5x, with the issuance purchsed by existing shareholders.
67,93,94
108241-111360 1918     1918 Total Machines: 3120
Glass topped nickle-rimmed keytops can now often be found rather than celluloid keytops. They appear often in advertising images through 1914-1915 and start showing up around serial 110,000
May 1918: Fox Typewriter Co. increases stock capitalization to $450,000.
67,93,94
111360-117600 1919     1919 Total Machines: 6240
July 1919: Corona Typewriter Co. files suit against Fox Typewriter Co., claiming both infringement of multiple patents held or controlled by them, and unfair competition. This action began a drawn out process that would continue for three years.
67
117600-123840 1920     1920 Total Machines: 6240 67
123840-124700 1921     1921 Total Machines: 860 67
           
Fox Portable aka Baby Fox 1917 Patents:
US1337563
Filed Dec 26, 1917 • Issued Apr 20, 1920
Designed by Henry P. Nordmark so that its carriage pushed down behind the typewriter when the machine was to be stowed for use. 94
Platen Diameter       unknown  
Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
1-1000 1917 No. 1
Portable No. 1 first advertised November 1917, ran series 1-10000.
Weight 5 3/4lbs, 3" high when folded, sold for $50.
Segment shifted 3 bank collapsing portable, bichrome ribbon, variable line spacing, carriage release on right side only.
67,94
1001-4000 1918       67
4001-8000 1919       67
8001-11750 1920 No. 2
Portable No. 2 ran series 10000-12000, introduced July, 1920.
August 27, 1920: first court case in the series of lawsuits between Corona and Fox is decided in favor of Corona. An injunction against Fox is granted.
67,94
11751-13000 1921 Sterling
Fox Sterling (AKA No. 3) began around February 1921 and ran series 12000-13000.
Non-collapsing 3-bank portable. Other than having a fixed carriage, it is mechanically similar to previous model.
March 1921: Fox Typewriter Company is declared in receivership. W. A. Papworth is appointed by the court as Receiver and General Manager.
67,94
  1922     March 1922: it is reported that the sale of Fox Typewriter Co. to Wesley H. Bennington of Xcel Typewriter Co. is imminent, but this deal falls through on July 1, 1922.
July 15, 1922: Fox reduces its capitalization from $450,000 to $45,000.
August 1922: court orders sale of Fox Typewriter Co. at foreclosure sale.
November 1922: Second legal battle between Corona and Fox is decided mostly in favor of Fox. It is a Phyrrhic victory, though, because Fox is no more.
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