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Picht Steglitz Braillewriter

ca. 1900

Herr Otto Vierling, Dresden, Germany

Picht Steglitz Braillewriter

Oscar Picht invented this braille writer in Bromberg, Germany, where he was the Director of the Provincial School for the Blind. The machine uses 9 inch-wide paper, fed around a solid wooden drum. The six braille keys and a spacing key are made of wood. On the front edge of each braille key is a braille cell made of metal dots, with one dot missing to indicate the dot produced by that key. The braille writer has a wooden carrying case with a hinged lid, and a woodcut print of the braille writer is glued to the inside of the lid. Picht braille writers were made available to U.S. schools through the American Printing House for the Blind in the 1930s.

Size: 4¾ x 12½ x 9 inches

Weight: 8½ pounds

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