Typewriter of the stenographic class manufactured by the Stenotype Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. This type of machine was used to record speech as heard by the operator in, for example, a law court or parliament. It has a keyboard of the chord type in which various combinations of keys are pressed simultaneously to print a particular character or combination of characters. In a similar way to handwrtitten shorthand, the printed characters represent phonetic sounds rather than the normal alphabetical spelling of words. Thus the printed record can only be interpreted by someone trained in reading the stenography code,

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Black crackle-finished metal frame and covers. 22 typebars in front of cylindrical platen. Ink ribbon carried between two spools on vertical axes. Hinged cover over ribbon spools and typebar mechanism. 20 keys in two rows of ten at same level in front of typebar mechanism. Four additional keys in row below and in front of other rows. Back row of ten keys are rectangular. All other keys are rectangular but with curved front edges. All keys black with no markings. Machine uses strip paper 62 mm wide. Drawer for paper storage slides ouit from back of machine. There is paper present in the drawer. Black leathercloth-covered casel. Leather handle and metal catch

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