McElroy’s Point Writer


Accession Number: 1994.13.10

Description: This machine is one of the earliest upward writing devices. Uniform line and cell spacing could be obtained by a combination metal carrier and detent system. A wooden pulley moved the embossing carriage from left to right. New York Point was produced when the hollow styli forced the paper onto the New York point matrix which was composed of a copper strip attached to the base. Maximum size paper used was 9 x 11 in. Note in accession folder: "#19, Tafel."

Height: 4

Width: 12.5

Depth: 16

Date Made: ca. 1890

Place of Origin: Louisville, KY

Credit Line: Loaned by the Perkins School for the Blind, 1994.13

Subjects: Assistive technology Mechanical writing New York Point

Dimension Notes: overall

Made: Tafel Brothers; American Printing House for the Blind

Material: Wood, nickel, brass

Exhibit Label: Pointwriter

Updated: 01/16/2014