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View of oval vat where paper pulp was deposited before being transferred to a moving wire screen.

Model Paper Machine

This half-size model represents the machine on which the modern papermaking industry is founded. It was built in 1984 from original drawings of 1800, made by the Frenchman Nicolas-Louis Robert who patented the machine in England in 1801. The machine worked by depositing rag pulp in a watery suspension onto a moving wire screen. Rollers squeezed out excess water, and the resulting damp paper was rolled up on the cylinder at the end of the machine.

Early paper machines could work at a maximum speed of about 20 feet per minute.
Gift of the Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation
Several of these models were made for distribution to museums around the world
Web display only

Learn more!
· Nicholas-Louis Robert's Paper Machine
· Model of Nicholas-Louis Robert's Paper Machine
· Papermaking
· Printing and Graphic Arts, an NMAH Exhibition Hall

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