1890 Article Train Car Writing Hand-Support Tablet Instruments Invention MAB1


This is an original 1890 half-page print article about a hand-support for writing on cars and railway trains. It is a simple form of hand-rest, by which the forearm and hand are steadied, making the act of writing comparatively independent of the vibration of the moving car. It consists of a tablet for holding the pad of writing paper, and arranged to be held steady by a cord passing around its upper end and hooked into the overhead bracket, and by a strap about the forearm connected to the lower end of the tablet. This article also features an illustration of the hand-support for writing on railway cars.


This 121+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is bleed through showing in this article.

  • Product Type: Original Print Article; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.75 x 10.25 inches; 7 x 26 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)