Mechanical Braille Writers

Description: William Bell Wait invented the Kleidograph, a machine for embossing the New York Point system on paper, in 1894. Wait was reacting to the successful introduction of the Hall Braille Writer a few years earlier. The machine was sold by his school, the New York Institute, and was designed for the typist to use it with one hand, leaving the other free to read. The four lower keys activate the two keys above in various combinations, enabling one to emboss all eight dots with the right hand only. The two left keys were used for punctuation and the wooden table allowed to user to read as they typed. Despite the popularity of New York Point in the U.S. at the time, the Kleidograph was never widely used.

Height: 6.25

Width: 17.5

Depth: 10.25

Date: 1894