N.I.B. Transcribing Machine

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 1999.1.4

Description: Black-and-white glossy of an improved transcribing machine (braille stereograph) "manufactured and tested" by the National Institute for the Blind, London, England. The machine, which is primarily metal, measures 3 x 2 feet at the base, has four legs, and is powered by a small electric motor located on a platform at bottom left of the base. It sits on a concrete floor, in front of a brick wall, with the front of the machine facing the camera. Six braille keys are located at the center of the machine's front edge (three keys each on either side of the front of the carriage assembly); an embossed metal plate is clamped securely in a frame located behind the carriage assembly. On reverse of the photo, stamped in blue ink: "Campbell's Press Studio, A. J. Pound, 57 St. Paul's Churchyard, London. E. C. 4, Ref. # [not legible]."

Medium: Photographic Paper

Print Size: 7.5" (h) x 6.25" (w) in.

Date: ca. 1937

Photographer: Pound, A.J.

History/Provenance: Photograph accompanied a July 27, 1937 letter sent to American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Superintendent A.C. Ellis, from W. McG. Eagar, Secretary-General of the National Institute for the Blind, who thought that APH might be interested in purchasing one of the machines. In 1999, it was transferred to the APH Museum, with correspondence records of Ellis.

Credit Line: APH Archives

Subjects: Stereotype machines Braille Embossing (Printing)