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1913 Rapid (Fox) 10 Serial # 35921 1913 Rapid (Fox) 10 typewriter, Serial # 35921 Richard Polt's 1913 Rapid (Fox) 10 typewriter. 2017-10-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Richard Polt: 1913 Rapid (Fox) 10 Serial # 35921 Obviously, this is a relabeled Fox 23. The name "Rapid" is presumably an allusion to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Fox factory was located.

Will Davis writes (see link): "It is known that some of the last Fox No. 23 machines to be made were labeled not as Fox No. 23 but as RAPID No. 10. The serial numbers suggest that perhaps a thousand or so were labeled like this. The receipt, dated Feb. 10, 1913 is for sale of a "#10 Rapid" serial 35,555. The price is given as $75.00, with a discount "1/3 off" of $25.00. $50 was paid, leaving $25 on credit. This gives a good hint that the remaining machines were not only relabeled but sold as "cut rate" machines in order to get them off the books, since all regular standard machines cost $100.00 or somewhere thereabouts at this time."

1913 Rapid (Fox) 10 #35921

Status: Sightings
Created: 06-14-2015 at 05:23PM
Last Edit: 10-29-2017 at 07:32PM


Description:

Obviously, this is a relabeled Fox 23. The name "Rapid" is presumably an allusion to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Fox factory was located.

Will Davis writes (see link): "It is known that some of the last Fox No. 23 machines to be made were labeled not as Fox No. 23 but as RAPID No. 10. The serial numbers suggest that perhaps a thousand or so were labeled like this. The receipt, dated Feb. 10, 1913 is for sale of a "#10 Rapid" serial 35,555. The price is given as $75.00, with a discount "1/3 off" of $25.00. $50 was paid, leaving $25 on credit. This gives a good hint that the remaining machines were not only relabeled but sold as "cut rate" machines in order to get them off the books, since all regular standard machines cost $100.00 or somewhere thereabouts at this time."

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