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Throwback Thursday Object: the Atkinson Braille Writer

Our Throwback Thursday artifact this week comes from the Braille Institute of America in LosAngeles, or as it was originally called by its legendary founder, “Fighting Bob” Atkinson,the Universal Braille Press. Atkinson founded the press in 1919 and itwas a fierce competitor with APH for embossing and recording contracts. The Braille Press began funding the development of a braillewriter in the1930s. The Atkinson Portable Braillewriter was introduced in 1948. The design was unique. Its keyboard, located on the top of the writer andabove the paper rollers, made it very different from machines inspired by theHall Braillewriter. Most of its working parts were concealed, the papercarriage was fixed, and only the embossing head moved across thepaper. A machine from another braille press, introduced only a few yearslater, included most of these advantages in a more traditional typewriterarrangement, and proved to be the better of the two designs. And the PerkinsBraillewriter is still in production today.
First Photo caption: The Atkinson Portable Braillewriter wascharcoal gray, fourteen inches wide, and its keyboard was mounted on a bar ontop of the machine. The paper fed into a flat tray underneath. Second Photo Caption: This is a side view of the Atkinson Braillewriter.
Micheal Hudson, Museum Director, APH

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