I don’t even remember what I was originally looking for, one day back in the summer, when I landed on this typewriter on Etsy. Actually, I was probably looking at vintage typewriters, which I am in the habit of doing periodically. I love them. I’ve always wanted one because I think their awesome factor is sky high, but the fact that they are basically a giant dust collector has usually tempered any plans to actually whip out my wallet. My imaginary vintage typewriter was a Royal, or a Remington, or maybe an Underwood. However. In real life, how could I resist a typewriter called, THE FOX?
The Fox was made by the Fox Typewriter Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This model is one of the first “visible” machines (meaning the type bars strike the platen at the front instead of underneath so the typist can see what they’re doing) came to market in 1906 and was manufactured until the Fox Typewriter Company folded in 1921. Corona sued Fox for patent infringement on their line of portable typewriters. The article linked below suggests that there is reason to believe that Fox didn’t in fact violate the patent and that it was simply the sheer expense of fighting the lawsuit that resulted in their demise. Sad story, as The Fox is a beautiful machine, with lovely gold and silver detailing – and an illustration of a Fox. Come on now!
Shame on you, Corona. I’m glad I didn’t buy one of your typewriters.