Hall Braille Writer


Accession Number: 1990.18.1

Description: Black enameled steel frame resting on four rubber feet, stenciled in gold on steel bar above keyboard, "The Hall Braille Writer"; 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 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 a yellow celluloid-covered wooden keyboard shield bolted to the frame, with a black enameled tinplate backplate; nickel-plated steel carriage with black hard rubber platen and smaller red rubber-covered steel paper roller, black wooden platen knobs on left (right is missing); three brackets that secure the paper roller secured with non-original wing nuts; four rolled steel paper storage bars bolted under carriage; toothed nickel-plated carriage release bar is mounted on front of carriage; no serial number; brass carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right; tension for carriage provided by a spring-loaded pulley secured to back of frame under carriage, attached to carriage with cotton cord.

Date Made: ca. 1905

Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor

Place of Origin: Chicago, IL

Collection: APH Collection

History/Provenance: APH Collection

Subjects: Assistive technology Blind. Braillewriters. Instructional aids, tools, and supplies. Mechanical writing.

Dimension Notes: 15 x 35 x 22 cm.

Made: Harrison & Seifried

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

Updated: 03/08/2016