Hall Braille Writer


Accession Number: 1992.5

Description: Black enameled aluminum frame, stenciled in gold on 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 ovalinear black rubber space key is mounted in the middle of the keyboard, projecting above and slightly forward of the dot keys, all keys are housed in an aluminum keyboard shield bolted to the frame; spring-loaded aluminum carriage with knurled aluminum platen and knurled steel paper roller, brass gear adapted as platen knob on right; steel paper release levers on each side of carriage; rolled bright-aluminum paper storage tube bolted under carriage; toothed nickel-plated carriage release bar with angled lever on left is mounted on front of carriage, braille character position numbers hand-written in pencil on this bar; carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right.

Date Made: ca. 1921

Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor

Place of Origin: Chicago, IL

Collection: APH Collection

History/Provenance: APH Collection

Credit Line: APH Collection, 1992.5

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing.

Made: Cooper Engineering & Manufacturing Company

Material: Steel, aluminum, nickel, wood, brass

Updated: 06/29/2021