Stenograph 1 – 5th form, for the blind

United States Stenograph Co., St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1888 – no serial number

Stenograph for the blindThis Bartholomew Stenograph is for the blind operator and produces five raised or embossed dots on a paper strip, not the five printed dashes utilized on the other Bartholomew Stenographs. One can see the five pins that emboss the paper in the fourth detail image below, where the upper brace (that has concave dimples that the paper is pushed into) has been removed.

It is solidly made and is beautifully hand decorated with floral motifs. Please see the first detail image below.

There is no serial number or patent dates to be found on it.

This is the first Stenograph for the blind to be made. It is the only known example and may be a prototype.

“This Stenograph – for the blind – a Wonderful Machine – Price only $25.”




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