1909 Fox 23 #33683
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-12-2016 at 01:42PM
Last Edit: 08-23-2016 at 04:45PM
The big one! This typewriter is absolutely incredible!
IÂ´ve read a lot of great things about the Fox typewriters, and I was eager to get one and see if it passed a fact check.
Thing is it still hasnÂ´t passed it, but soon it will. Here you can see the original condition I received it in. Dirty, broken drawband, semi-frozen carriage and maybe worst of all, the "5" key doesnÂ´t work. The key lever and the typebar are detached, and this machine is way more complex than later typewriters which only needed a piece of thick steel wire to replace the link. This looks like another technical nightmare: LC Smith Super Speed 11.
I will have it repaired as soon as possible, because I want it fully operational and I donÂ´t know if IÂ´m able to do it on my own.
But in the meantime IÂ´m enjoying having a Fox at home. TheyÂ´re pretty uncommon in Spain, and itÂ´s a fascinating invention. Things inside it are made to last, and somehow itÂ´s so different. I mean, itÂ´s like someone said "Hey, IÂ´m gonna make the best typewriter in the world, and IÂ´m going to do it from scratch!"
Serial number added after finally managing to convince the carriage to move.
--- YET ANOTHER UPDATE ---
Finally! ItÂ´s alive! Pascual and Alberto have done it again, and now in a record time. TheyÂ´ve left all the battle scars untouched, but nothing can beat a fully functional machine with 106 years of history on its... carriage knobs (no shoulders, you know). And yep, what they say is true: these machines are absolutely incredible. Somehow it comes from the realm of the dead and it works remarkably well. And not only that, because itÂ´s greatly pleasant to use. ItÂ´s a surprisingly easy and responsive typewriter, and at the end of each line it greets you with the best sounding bell ever. Easily one of my favourites!
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.