Steam carriage, 1832.
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Geometrical elevation of a steam carriage designed by G H Palmer and built by Joseph Bramah & Sons. Bramah (1748- 1814) was a prolific English inventor who designed, amongst other things, a beer pumping machine, a safety lock, a hydraulic pres and a very ingenious machine for printing banknotes. Bramah set up the Bramah Lock Company in 1784 and changed the company name to Bramah & Son in 1813 when his son Timothy joined him. Bramah died the following year and the company name was changed again after 1821 to Bramah & Sons when his other sons Francis and Edward joined the family firm .