Patent Model of a Type-distributing Machine

Description (Brief):

This patent model demonstrates an invention for a type distributing machine which was granted patent number 224167. Fraser's distributer worked like his composer, but in reverse. Lines of dead type, held at the top of the machine, were read off by the operator who keyed in the letters. The action of the keys pushed the type down channels and back into storage trays, to be returned to the composing machine.

Date Made: ca 1880Patent Date: 1880-02-03

Maker: Fraser, Alexander

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.89797.224167Patent Number: 224167Catalog Number: GA*89797.224167

Object Name: patent modelapparatus, type distributingComposing MachineObject Type: Patent ModelOther Terms: patent model; type distributing apparatus; apparatus, type distributing; patent model; type distributing machine, FraserComposing Machine; Composing; Type Distributing

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 31 cm x 17.5 cm x 30 cm; 12 3/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 11 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_790076

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