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Hall Braille Writer

ca. 1892

Harrison & Seifried, Chicago

Hall Braille Writer

The original Hall braille writer was modeled on the typewriter and was the first successful mechanical point writer. Frank Haven Hall, Superintendent of the Illinois Institution for the Blind, introduced his invention to the public on May 27, 1892, at Jacksonville, Illinois.

The carriage moves one space to the left as the keys are released. The styli in the embossing heads are controlled by the keys as are the bars on a typewriter. The styli operate from the back so that letters appear in the normal position for reading.

Size: 14.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches

Index of Mechanical Braille Writers for Embossed Characters