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1888 Fitch American version (model 1) Serial # 424 1888 Fitch American version (model 1) typewriter, Serial # 424 Martin Howard's 1888 Fitch American version (model 1) typewriter. 2017-06-14 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard: 1888 Fitch American version (model 1) Serial # 424 The Fitch is one of only four typewriter designs that have the type bars positioned behind the platen, which swing down towards the typist and strike the top of the platen when typing. The other three typewriters with this fascinating design are the North's, Waverley, and the Brooks, all 19th century typewriters.

The type bars are quite remarkable in that they are hinged and flop freely sideways when coming down to print. The two sloped guides ensure that the type bars are brought down to the common printing point.

The Fitch was first manufactured in Brooklyn New York for a short time and was then licensed and built in London for a few years around the turn of the century, also with little success. The American Fitch prominently shows it patent and manufacturing information in beautiful gold lettering.

1888 Fitch American version (model 1) #424

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-14-2017 at 07:49PM
Last Edit: 06-14-2017 at 07:49PM


Description:

The Fitch is one of only four typewriter designs that have the type bars positioned behind the platen, which swing down towards the typist and strike the top of the platen when typing. The other three typewriters with this fascinating design are the North's, Waverley, and the Brooks, all 19th century typewriters.

The type bars are quite remarkable in that they are hinged and flop freely sideways when coming down to print. The two sloped guides ensure that the type bars are brought down to the common printing point.

The Fitch was first manufactured in Brooklyn New York for a short time and was then licensed and built in London for a few years around the turn of the century, also with little success. The American Fitch prominently shows it patent and manufacturing information in beautiful gold lettering.

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