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A Hand’s Plea

Jaquet-Droz is generally credited as having created the first writing automaton, but two decades earlier, Friedrich von Knaus made several machines in which a hand dipped into ink and wrote. In 1760 the automata filled the Emperor and his court in Vienna with awe when it wrote: “Dear Sir, Do me the honour of listening … Continue reading

A Boy Automaton

This is an ad for a travelling show from Gloucester in 1801. A fascinating mix of mechanism and hokum methinks, a copy of the works by Mailardet and Jaquet-Droz. Mr A Shepperly’s Celebrated CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, being the most splendid and brilliant collection of works of nature and art ever seen in England, amongst which … Continue reading