American Printing House for the Blind

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Irene Moore, retired APH press operator, talks about her work at the American Printing House for the Blind. From 1966 until her retirement in 1992, Moore worked primarily with large type presses. She also describes using a clamshell press in braille production. Mention is also made of the APH...

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Mary Lee Frye, retired APH copyholder, talks about working at the American Printing House for the Blind from 1968 to 2004. She describes working in APH Braille Production with braille proofreaders and talks about running a proofing press when she first joined the company.

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Loretta Devore, a 2007 retiree of the American Printing House for the Blind, describes the various jobs that she held while working for the company. These include the production of braille book covers and labels, collating of printed materials in the Large Type Department, container production,...

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Waunda Cox talks about her work as a tactile graphics tooler, braille transcriber and copyholder at the American Printing House for the Blind. She discusses new technology used in braille and tactile graphics production, including the use of computers and the PEARL (Plate Embossing Apparatus...

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Beverly Hassan talks about working in various departments at the American Printing House for the Blind. She describes using hard record presses for Talking Book production when she began at APH in 1954 and other jobs that she held in the company until her retirement in 2000, including...

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Dale Carter Cooper talks about her work as a Talking Book narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind, where she started recording in 1952. She describes the variety of books that she read and some of the challenges. She talks about the relocation of the studios to the basement after...

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John Siems talks about his work at the American Printing House for the Blind, primarily in the Data Processing Department. He describes the introduction of computers at APH in the 1960s for braille transcription and production and explains the role of IBM in helping to bring this technology to...

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Milton Metz talks about his experiences as a narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind, where he began reading Talking Books in 1946. He describes early wax recordings and the teamwork between the narrator and the monitor. He also recalls other APH narrators and Katharine Graham...

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Carol Tobe, the first director of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, retired in 2005. She talks about the establishment of the museum, which opened in 1994; the renaming of the museum in 1999 to the Marie and Eugene Callahan Museum, in honor of generous benefactor Euguene...

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Bonnie Williamson, retired APH Braille Production Supervisor, talks about working at the American Printing House for the Blind during the 1960s until her retirement in 2005. She describes stereograph operator and braille transcriber training and the changes that computerization brought to...

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