Patent Model of a Typesetting Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetting machine which was granted patent number 166549. The machine was named the Electro-Magnetic Type-Setting Machine. Type was stored in vertical channels (right-hand box) and dropped into a funnel at a touch on the keyboard (lefthand box). The falling type hit a see-saw lever, making an electrical connection and exciting electromagnets. The magnets moved sliding blocks, pushing the type into place into a galley. When a line of type was complete, the operator reset the adjustable back of the galley to make room for the next line.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1875
patent date
Pattyson, William D. C.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 20 cm x 9.8 cm; 5 7/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in
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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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