Patent Model of a Type-distributing Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a type distributing machine which was granted patent number 224167. Fraser's distributer worked like his composer, but in reverse. Lines of dead type, held at the top of the machine, were read off by the operator who keyed in the letters. The action of the keys pushed the type down channels and back into storage trays, to be returned to the composing machine.
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Object Name
patent model
apparatus, type distributing
date made
ca 1880
patent date
Fraser, Alexander
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 31 cm x 17.5 cm x 30 cm; 12 3/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 11 13/16 in
ID Number
patent number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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