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Patent Model of a Typesetting for Stereotype Plates

Patent Model of a Typesetting for Stereotype Plates

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetter for stereotype plates which was granted patent number 52073. The invention included the use of a "perpetual font of type" for impressing letters into a plastic molding material. Type was stored in a permanent holder, each piece tied by a thin strip of metal. At the touch of a key, type fell to casting position, the faces protruding below the holder. After casting, the type was returned to the storage cell.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine, typesetting
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1866
patent date
Paulding, John
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 20 cm x 17.5 cm x 7.8 cm; 7 7/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 1/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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