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Fitch 1

First year of production:
Fitch Typewriter Company. , Brooklyn , USA
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The Fitch typewriter was an American invention by Eugen Fitch of Des Moines, Iowa. He was granted a patent on the design in 1886 and the first machine was produced by the Fitch Typewriter Company of Brooklyn in 1888.

This is the American version of the Fitch that is slightly different from the British Fitch (see separate entry). The American Fitch had an elaborate patent plate on the front, as the base of the paper basket.

Picture 6 shows the downstrike system, with the ink roll that was used for inking. Picture 2 shows the Fitch in the bottom half of the case. The lid is missing.

Courtesy of: Casillo collection