Patent Model of a Typesetting and Distributing Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetting and distributing machine; the invention was granted patent number 85251. The patent details improvements to earlier patents taken out by Timothy Alden (1857), and Henry Alden and William Mackey (1866). This patent related to the distribution of type. It allowed for the use of any ordinary type in the distributer, instead of the special type required previously. The patent was assigned to the Alden Typesetting and Distributing Company.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine, typesetting and distributing
date made
ca 1868
patent date
Slingerland, John T.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 37 cm x 41 cm; 5 7/8 in x 14 9/16 in x 16 1/8 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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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