Today we visited the American Printing House For The Blind
|They had a tour at 2:00 so here we are ready to go.|
|There's a museum that we checked out briefly prior to the tour.|
Due to the limited market, the books were very expensive. The government needed to get involved and supply the backing so the blind could have the same opportunities as the sighted.
|Another problem was there were too many different braille codes.|
|Now came the competition for embossing contracts.|
At this point, we began the tour. Cameras were not allowed on most of the tour but I was able to get a few pic's of some of the old machines.
|How to make a globe.|
|And one of the many different writing machines.|
|Back in the museum, there were some excellent displays.|
Reading braille was becoming popular but writing was another problem. It started with crude punch cards but slowly progressed.
|Then there was a section in the museum for their favorite guy.|
|It doesn't look like him here but yes, that is Little Stevie Wonder|
Then the development of talking books which are still very popular. We were lucky enough to see some of the actual recording being done for talking books and also some books that were being converted from text to braille.
|One of the first talking recorders.|
The museum had sections that covered just about everything such as math and science. And yes, there are blind chemist.
|A lot of the blind are capable of doing just about anything the sighted can do.|
|Joyce is typing her name in braille.|
|These are all different braille typewriters and they are in like new condition.|
Bet you didn't know that Boston was one of the first cities to have a school for the blind. I didn't know that and I'm from Massachusetts.
|This display has pictures of the machines used here.|
|Here's an old typewritter made in Salem, Ma.|
|As we got two blocks away we passed this collection and had to turn around.|
|Not only was all this stuff in one yard, but the building was also full.|
|I love these kind of collections.|
|Even a caboose|
|Awesome, but time to go back to camp. We are heading out in the morning for a new destination.|