Patent Model of a Machine for Rounding and Backing Books

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a machine for rounding and backing books which was granted patent number 184198. The patent detailed improved methods of guiding the book and controlling the rounding rollers. Two books could be processed at once--one being rounded while the other was backed. Edwin Crawley, a Cincinnati bookbinder, continued to work on the problems of rounding and backing, and in 1891 introduced a machine that set industry standards for many years.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1876
patent date
Crawley, Edwin
Thomas, Frank
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 28.3 cm x 20.2 cm x 32 cm; 11 1/8 in x 7 15/16 in x 12 5/8 in
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patent number
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Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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