Hall Braille Writer


Accession Number: 1992.342

Description: Black enameled steel frame, stenciled in gold on bar above keyboard, "The Hall Braille Writer," cast into base of frame, "BF1"; arched bar extends backwards from the front top of the frame to the upward writing embossing head protruding through a slot in the carriage; brass spring tensioning thumbscrew on left of arched bar; keyboard has six black-enameled wooden keys with beveled fronts, an 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 an aluminum keyboard shield bolted to the frame; 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; 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. 23229"; carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right.

Height: 5.5

Width: 15

Depth: 8

Date Made: ca. 1921

Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor

Place of Origin: Chicago, IL

Credit Line: Donated by Judy Dixon, 1992.342.

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters. Mechanical writing.

Dimension Notes: overall

Made: Cooper Engineering & Manufacturing Company

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

Updated: 06/29/2021