Rockin’ Patent – Robert H. Keaton’s “Music Typing Machine”

  • US2047690Rockin’ Patent: US Patent No. 2,047,690
  • Filed: 12 June 1934
  • In the name of: Robert H. Keaton
  • Title: Music Typing Machine
  • What’s claimed: “In a music typing machine comprising a platen, and a type frame supported for movement transversely and longitudinally thereover and having a plurality of type members for printing in a central position relative to the frame, an inked ribbon disposed between the platen and type frame, and means supporting said ribbon for longitudinal movement with the type frame, whereby each character printed will be exposed to view upon movement of the frame to a position for printing the next succeeding character.”
  • Why this patent rocks: This patent describes the problem of composers, arrangers etc having to hand-write music, which can be slow and tedious. As explained in the patent: “[t]he object of the present invention is to provide a machine whereby the characters most frequently used in the writing of music may be rapidly typed and accurately placed on the staff, the remaining characters being filled in by hand afterwards, or as the work proceeds…”.

Post by Iain Russell, Patent and Design Attorney, EIP

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