Hall Braille Writer

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Schooldirecteur reikt helpende hand

De studenten aan de blindenscholen moeten zich tot laat in de negentiende eeuw behelpen met schrijfplankjes, waarop ze een of meer van de zes punten van Braille doordrukken - in spiegelschrift. Dat vindt schooldirecteur Frank Haven Hall veel te omslachtig. Hij bedenkt een machine om Braille te typen, die wapensmid Gustav Sieber in elkaar knutselt.

Verbazingwekkend snel

In 1892 tonen Halls eerste machines meteen waartoe ze in staat zijn: 58 woorden per minuut vanuit geheugen en 31 gedicteerd!

Wars van commercie

Halls intentie is zonneklaar: zoveel mogelijk blinden de mogelijkheid geven om te corresponderen. Hij is wars van persoonlijk winstbejag: hij laat de machines maken voor 10 dollar en verkoopt ze voor 11 - en neemt zelfs geen octrooi op zijn uitvinding!  Lees meer over Braillers>

Headmaster lends a helping hand

Until far into the nineteenth century, the students at the School for the Blind have to make do with 'writing boards' through which they push one or more of the six points of Braille in reverse. Headmaster Frank Haven Hall finds this much too time-consuming and invents a machine with which to write Braille. Gunsmith Gustav Sieber puts it together.

Surprisingly fast

In 1892, Hall's first machines show what they can do: 58 words a minute from memory and 31 when dictated!

Averse to commerce

Hall's intention was obvious: to give as many blind people as possible the chance to correspond with others. He is averse to personal gain and has the machines made for 10 dollars and sells them for 11. He doesn't even apply for a patent for his invention! Incidentally, he later also invents the electric clock ...

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Hall Braille Writer

  • Type : braille writer, six keys
  • This machine dates from ?
  • Its production started in 1892
  • Serial number : ?

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