Patent Model of a Typesetting Machine

Patent Model of a Typesetting Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetting machine; the invention was granted patent number 174901. The patent details a keyboard-operated typesetting machine that set type in a line and then broke the line into column lengths. Patentee Charles Dickinson was at some time a partner in the development of the Burr-Empire line of typesetting machines.
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Object Name
patent model
machine, typesetting and composing
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1876
patent date
Dickinson, Charles W.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 36 cm x 20 cm x 31 cm; 14 3/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 12 3/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
patent number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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