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Patent model for typesetting machine

Patent model for typesetting machine

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Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for an improved type-setting machine. It consists of a frame, type-case, and composing stick; it was granted patent number 28857.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model
machine, typesetting
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1860
patent date
1860-06-26
maker
Harger, H.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 12 in; 18.415 cm x 18.415 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
1997.0198.07
accession number
1997.0198
catalog number
1997.0198.07
patent number
28857
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

A curious device - obviously only a part of the complete apparatus. But what is most interesting is that this patent was granted in 1860 - very early. It was nearly 40 years before Merganthaler solved the typesetting automation problem with his Linotype. Mark Twain, btw spent his entire fortune trying to solve this typesetting problem with many lost-investments in various machines, only to run out of money, which prompted his European tour to raise funds to support himself and his family...

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