Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Interview with Louis Kraus

Date of Interview: 

Fri, 04/30/2004

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American Printing House for the Blind, Employees, Machinery, Maintenance & repair, Manufacturing processes

Call Number: 

2006.13.4

Louis Kraus talks about his work at the American Printing House for the Blind from 1937 until his retirement as Machine Shop Supervisor in 1981. The Machine Shop primarily maintained plant equipment and provided other maintenance services, including production of braille slates. He describes machinery and production processes for talking books, braille, and educational aids, specifically mentioning cylinder (rotary) and hand (clamshell) presses, record presses, stereograph machines, the Beetz Notation Graph, and the [New] Hall and Lavender braille writers. He also talks briefly about the 1978 recall of educational aids and the effect of the1972 OSHA Act.

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