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      Texts: Print/Braille Book

      Artifact #34

      Print/Braille Books
       

      Artifact Description:

      These books are designed for sighted and blind users to read together.  They are especially good for reading aloud.  A large portion of the collection consists of books that were donated by the Telephone Pioneers.  They are mainly shelved in a reading room that was funded by the Charles City, Iowa Lions.

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: American Braille Press

      Artifact #12

      American Braille Press

      Artifact Description:

      22 Lines, 23 Cells
      This slate is a 5" x 10" metal board with hinged slate and two line movable track or guide.

      Image of American Braille Press with Paper in it

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Japanese Design

      Artifact #11

      Japanese Design
       

      Artifact Description:

      This slate uses regular adding machine paper, a plastic slate, and a magnetized stylus. The Braille is "micro", very small six-dot cells, with an unnotched guide.

      Image of Japanese Design Slate

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Austrian/Italian Slate

      Artifact #10

      Austrian/Italian Slate
       

      Artifact Description:

      9 Lines, 28 Cells
      Used for English Braille. Unnotched upper guide and squared dots. Required a sharp stylus, and wrote very close lines and letters.

      Image of Austrian/Italian Slate

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Interline Pocket Slate

      Artifact #9

      Interline Pocket Slate
       

      Artifact Description:

      10 Lines, 18 Cells
      This slate allows the writer to write on both sides of a note card without removing the card from the slate.
      American Braille Press, Inc.

      Image of Interline Pocket Slate

      Texts: American Geography Copied by Jennie Clary

      Artifact #38

      American Geography
       

      Artifact Details:

      Copies by Jennie Clary
      A.D. 1884
      This is a geography textbook hand transcribed in New York Point by a blind student at the residential school, a.k.a. Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.  As the reading is from left to right, the writing is from right to left.  Frames like this one were used to hand transcribe early text-books, such as the 1884 American Geography Text.
      Iowa College for the Blind

      Texts: The Holy Bible Vol. VI

      Artifact #23

      The Holy Bible Vol. VI
       

      Artifact Description:

      Jeremiah through Malachi
      The American Bible Society, using embossed type and the Printing Press, published this Bible in 1850.
      Embossed type allowed persons who were blind to trace the shapes of print letters, and therefore read, but this method of reading did not allow for the individual to write.
      American Bible Society

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