Fox Portable No. 1 Typewriter

The Portable No. 1 typewriter (also known as the Baby Fox) was produced by the Fox Typewriter Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan beginning in 1917. The typewriter carriage collapsed behind the body of the typewriter, becoming flat and easily portable. The QWERTY keyboard has glass topped keys with a wooden space bar.
The Fox Typewriter Company was founded in 1902 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company originally produced blind upstriking typewriters before producing a visible typewriter in 1906. World War I created a lack of materials that led many typewriter companies to cease manufacture during this time. The President of the Fox Typewriter Company, William R. Fox, returned to the Fox Machine Company in 1915, but a new Fox Typewriter Company was founded later in the year, buying the company’s patents and factory. The new Fox Typewriter Company produced the Fox portable in 1917 before declaring bankruptcy in 1921.
Currently not on view
location of prior holder
United States: New York, Rochester
overall: 6 in x 9 1/2 in x 15 in; 15.24 cm x 24.13 cm x 38.1 cm
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Evangeline Goff
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National Museum of American History


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