Braille Writer - Oscar Picht, Germany, circa 1900s-1930s Object Reg. No: SH 931164

Alternative Name(s): Brailler, Schreibmaschine

Braille writter designed by Oscar Picht, circa 1900s-1930s. Oscar Picht was director (1912-1920) of the Provincial School for Blind in Bromberg, Germany. He designed his Braille Writer 1899 and was granted his first patent in 1901. He made several improvements and was granted a new patent in 1932. Picht was director of the State Blind Institute Berlin-Steglitz from 1920-1933.
Metal Braille writer, with 6 marked metal keys which are depressed to create braille indentations on a sheet of paper which is inserted around a roller (similar to a typewriter roller.) Each key is marked with a different combination of dots. A larger metal key, marked with an indented straight line, is in front of the 6 marked keys. The body of the machine - its base and the metal frame, is spanned, with gold writing. The roller is made of metal. there is a piece of paper in the machine, with Braille markings on it.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.00 cm (Height), 26.00 cm (Width), 37.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: disability organisations, visual impairment
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: special needs equipment
Inscriptions: Text: Schreibmaschine/fur Blindenschrift/Sicht, Steglitz.
Place & Date Made: Germany, circa 1900s-1930s
Place Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900s-1930s

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