Miles M. Bartholomew Stenograph Patent Model

Description
This stenograph patent model accompanied Miles M. Bartholomew’s patent application that received patent number 215,554 on May 20th, 1879. The patent was described as “the provision, in a stenographic machine, of two sets of keys, preferably five on each set, one key for the thumb and one for each of the fingers.” Each key was related to a marker to make an impression on or perforation in the paper spooled from the roller at the head of the model. Stenotype machines do not have a full alphanumeric keyboard, instead they write in shorthand with multiple key depressions that produce syllables or words.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model, typewriter
patent date
1879-05-20
inventor
Bartholomew, Miles M.
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 9 in x 9 13/16 in; 9.525 cm x 22.86 cm x 24.892 cm
associated place
United States: Illinois, Belleville
ID Number
ME*308629
catalog number
308629
license number
215,554
accession number
89797
patent number
215,554
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Typewriters
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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