Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection

Fitch 1

Fitch 1

The Fitch Typewriter Company, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA
1888 - serial no. 424 - view patent

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.

SOMETHING NEW - Possessing all good points of other standard machines and some valuable features exclusively its own. Writing in full view of the operator, (much time is wasted in lifting the carriage in other machines)

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