Hall Braille Writer


Accession Number: 2003.185.58

Description: Black enameled aluminum frame resting on four black rubber feet, stenciled on steel bar above keyboard, "The Hall Braille Writer," cast into base of frame, "BF1"; arched steel bar extends backwards from the front top of the frame to the upward writing aluminum embossing head protruding through a slot in the carriage; keyboard has six black-enameled wooden keys with beveled fronts, an oval aluminum space key is mounted in the middle of the keyboard, projecting above and slightly forward of the dot keys, all keys are housed in a yellow celluloid covered wooden keyboard shield bolted to the frame, with a black enameled tinplate backplate; stamped on the space key, "MADE BY COOPER ENG & MFG CO CHICAGO, ILL."; spring-loaded aluminum carriage with black hard rubber platen and knurled steel paper roller, wooden platen knobs on both sides, rolled bright-aluminum paper storage tube bolted under carriage; steel levers on both sides of carriage allow knurled paper roller to be raised when loading paper; toothed nickel-plated carriage release bar with angled lever on left is mounted on front of carriage; stamped into release bar, "MADE BY COOPER ENG. & MFG. CO. CHICAGO, ILL. U.S.A. 22648"; carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right; scratched onto carriage frame, "KY-A264".

Height: 6

Width: 15.25

Depth: 8.5

Date Made: ca. 1916

Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor

Place of Origin: Chicago, IL

Collection: KSB Collection

History/Provenance: KSB Collection

Credit Line: Gift of the Kentucky School for the Blind, 2003.185

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing

Dimension Notes: 6 x 15 1/4 x 8 1/2 in.

Made: Cooper Engineering & Manufacturing Company

Material: Steel, aluminum, rubber, nickel, wood, celluloid

Updated: 06/29/2021