Writing machine for blind people, United Kingdom, 1862

Made:
1862 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Martin's writing machine for blind people, 1862. John Martin introduced this writing machine for blind people. Each
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Martin's writing machine for use by blind people, 1862

John Martin introduced this writing machine for blind people. Each letter is selected by touch and moved into line with the pointer. Once selected the plunger was pushed to make a letter-shaped hole in the paper fed by the rollers at the back. After the person finished typing, the paper was turned over and read by touch from the shapes of the holes in the paper. Machines like this one probably fell out of use with introduction of Braille in the 1820s in France. Britain and the United States did not formerly use Braille until the 1920s.

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Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1862-123
Materials:
metal, wood
type:
writing machine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Martin, John
status:
Permanent collection

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