|SOME OF THE NEW VISIBLE WRITING MACHINES were advertised so that the buyer would not forget "from whence they had come;" the features and attributes of the old blind-writers made for years earlier were noted and very clearly included in the new machines.
In the case of Remington, the vaunted power of the machine in cutting stencils and performing copy work was heavily advertised; also, one advertisement told buyers that "if your typewriter has complications in feeding the paper, you can be sure that it is NOT a Remington," while displaying the new No. 10 "Visible" Remington. Perfected paper feed had been promised by Remington for many years prior.
|This Remington No. 10, from the David B. Davis collection, shows that the machine is much like the older blind-writers in the fact that there's lots of open space inside. The front-mounted bell cranks situated between intermediate links from key lever, and to type bar, create this appearance. Carriage details (other than the necessary redesigns) are quite familiar when compared with earlier Remingtons.|
|Fox Typewriter Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan went even further. Not only did it incorporate the dual-speed escapement that made the previous Fox upstrikes so distinctive (and fast,) it also deliberately designed the type-bar bearings to give just about exactly the same strength and rigidity found on those earlier machines. Advertisements by Fox, and the patents, clearly indicate that William Fox himself felt that the small bearings fitted in such machines as the Monarch would never suffice to keep a machine in alignment. He therefore designed the Fox Visibles with two different half-ring bearing mountings to give practically the same bearing dimensions as on the Fox upstrikes, which necessitated such offset spacing that a portion of the type bars had to be made shorter. The attempt to make the machine act like the earlier Foxes was successful, if the machine seen here (from the David B. Davis collection) is any indication -- not only has it kept its alignment perfectly, but it is the fastest typewriter ever tested here, by a measurable margin.|
|Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the old Yost upstrike machines had been their employment of direct inking, which was unique among the front-runners in the office or standard typewriter field. Yost chose to continue with this feature, engineering it into a visible standard machine beginning in 1908. This machine, the Yost No. 15, is seen here, represented by an example from Tilman Elster's collection. Although the machine was now a visible, Yost reminded buyers that it still produced the most beautiful printed copy of any of the standard machines.|