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US Stenograph - 1st Shorthand Machine

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This shothand typewriter was the genious of Miles Bartholomew. It has ten keys (two of which appear to be space bars) that type a variety of dashes which can later be interpreted into words. The machine shows patent dates of 1879 and 1882 but probably was not manufactured until 1889. It truly was the first sucessful short hand machine that eventually evolved with many technological innovations into today's court reporter devices. The paper roll and holder folds over to rest on the top of the keyboard and this machine is really quite small at only 8 inches wide, 7.5 inches deep and only 2.5 inches high with the paper roll folded down and about 7.5 inches high with it up. This particular machine has been fully restored and has a condition rating of 2,2.


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