Accession Number: 1992.351
Description: Black enameled steel frame resting on four rubber feet, stenciled in gold on steel bar above keyboard, "The Hall Braille Writer/Patent Pending"; arched steel bar extends backwards from the front top of the frame to the upward writing steel embossing head protruding through a slot in the carriage; keyboard has six black-enameled wooden keys with beveled fronts, oval 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 white celluloid-covered wooden keyboard shield bolted to the frame, with a black enameled tinplate backplate; nickel-plated steel carriage with white hard rubber platen and smaller white rubber-covered steel paper roller, plated steel platen knobs on both sides, four rolled steel paper storage bars bolted under carriage; toothed nickel-plated carriage release bar is mounted on front of carriage; stamped into release bar, "MFD.BY Harrison & Seifried Chicago, U.S.A. 612"; carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right; tension for carriage provided by a spring-loaded pulley secured behind the keyboard shield, attached to carriage with cotton cord.
Date Made: ca. 1895
Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor
Place of Origin: Chicago, IL
Credit Line: Gift of Judy Dixon, 1992.351.
Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing
Dimension Notes: 5.2 x 30.5 x 21.5 cm.
Made: Harrison and Seifried
Material: Steel, celluloid, wood, nickel, rubber