Patent Model of a Typesetting Machine

Description (Brief):

This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetting machine which was granted patent number 13710. Type was stored in nearly vertical cells around a circulating wheel. A piece of type selected at the keyboard was pushed in from its cell, caught up by the wheel, and carried to a galley in front of the operator where the spacing was fine-tuned. The patent also covered arrangements for housing the kerned letter "j," and for correcting matter in the galley. The patent model is incomplete.

Date Made: ca 1855Patent Date: 1855-10-23

Maker: Loughborough, William S.

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.89797.013710Patent Number: 013710Accession Number: 089797Catalog Number: GA*89797.013710

Object Name: patent modelmachine, typesettingMachine, Type ComposingObject Type: Patent ModelOther Terms: Machine, Type Composing; Machine, Sorts, Composing

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 cm x 30 cm x 23.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 11 13/16 in x 9 1/4 in


Record Id: nmah_998745

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