Alternative Name: Brailler

Braille Writer manufactured by Matrix Coventry Manufacturing Tool Co for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, circa 1930-1940. Used by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind.

Since the invention of Braille, a variety of apparatus and machines have been developed to provide faster and more efficient ways of producing Braille. The major advantage of Braille machines over Braille written by hand frames or other devices is that most machines can pierce the paper from below, and thus make it only necessary to know 'Braille as it is read' in order to be able to write it.

Physical Description

Metal Braille writer on wooden base. Consists of 6 metal keys with a larger key in front, linked with a frame where a thin strip of paper could be threaded through and inscribed with Braille. The large key is the space key; combinations of keys produce the Braille symbols for letters. This used thin strips of paper; it was probably a shorthand machine used to take minutes of meetings, etc.

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