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      Artifact #55

      Hall Braille Writer

      Artifact Description:

      Circa 1892
      The original Hall Braille writer was modeled after 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.
      The paper used is 11 inches wide and is inserted from the rear after passing through two rubber-covered feed rollers. The paper is then stored inside a hollow drum.
      Harrison & Seifried, Chicago
      Size: 14.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches

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