Alternative Name(s): Shorthand Machine

Shorthand Braille Writer manufactured by Stainsby-Wayne, circa 1910-1940. Used at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind.

These machines were often supplied with a case, to deaden the sound when in use. The machine was designed to take down verbatim reports from dictation. As the strip of paper passes automatically through the machine, no time is needed to adjust the paper or the machine for each line. Speeds of 80 - 140 words per minute can be obtained.

Physical Description

Braille writing machine of black japanned metal with gold gloss trim. There are seven flat keys in front, attached to a marking device at the back. A roll of thin white paper is mounted on an attachment to the side of the machine, and the paper is threaded along a channel at the top of the machine and comes out the other side in a continuous roll. A red round rubber guard is just behind the keys.

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