Patent Model of a Type-setting and Type-distributing Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetting machine which was granted patent numbers 152868 and 152869. Type stored in a case of vertical channels was selected and pushed out by keyboard action to a moving belt, then dropped down a slot to be assembled in a composing stick. For distribution, the dead matter was placed in front of the operator who read off and keyed in a line of letters. Each piece of type was pushed in turn onto the moving belt and dropped into its appropriate slot for return to the storage case. The two patents are demonstrated on a single model.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine, typesetting
date made
ca 1874
patent date
Reynolds, John A.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 31 cm x 34.8 cm x 39 cm; 12 3/16 in x 13 11/16 in x 15 3/8 in
ID Number
accession 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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