German seven-dot stenographic braillewriter

Mechanical Braille Writers

Description: Identical machines--as well as conventional six-dot braillewriters-- found on auction sites have a manufacturer's label "Karl Neubert Blinden-Schreibgerate Leipzig W33". A seven dot braille shorthand code for use in legal proceedings was created in East Germany in 1949 and published in 1952 as the Deutsche Verhandlungsstenographie. One source claimed the system allowed a speed of up to 380 syllables/minute. Use of the seven dot code was discontinued following German reunification in 1990 and seven dot stenography braillewriters are rare. The eraser button on this machine is very unique.

Height: 9

Width: 25.5

Depth: 12

Date: ca. 1955