American Printing House for the Blind

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Anne Harlan talks about working in the Talking Book Studio at the American Printing House for the Blind, where she has been working as a monitor since 1978. She describes the teamwork that goes on between monitors, narrators, and proofreaders. She also talks about equipment used before and after...

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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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Gary Jones, who retired from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in 2004, talks about working as a proofreader in the company's Talking Book Studio and as a worker in the Quality Control Department, where he checked recorded materials, as well as braillewriters that had been...

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Ron Gadson, APH Maintenance Division Manager, talks about working at the American Printing House for the Blind, where he began as a machinist in the Machine Shop in 1965. He describes machinery that maintenance employees have worked on over the years. He specifically mentions the Banbury mill...

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Robert Steffen talks about working in the Educational Aids Department at the American Printing House for the Blind since 1970. He describes changes in production processes, including the making and painting of globes and maps and the silk screening of science illustrations. Also mentioned...

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Raymond Randles talks about working in the Talking Book Studio at the American Printing House for the Blind, where he retired as Studio Supervisor in 1999. He describes proofreading of Talking Books, his first job when he came to APH in 1973, under the direction of Tina Lou Wallace, and the...

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Fred Gissoni talks about working at the American Printing House for the Blind as a customer service specialist. He joined the company in 1988 as the first technical support representative to APH customers and, in 1993, developed and organized Customer Service, which later became part of the...

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Fred Tumbrink talks about working as a machinist in the Maintenance Department of the American Printing House for the Blind from 1941 until his retirement in 1986. He mentions welding frames for braille writers, repairing stitching machines for the Bindery, and working on stereograph machines at...

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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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Jack Decker, Vice President of Production at the American Printing House for the Blind, talks about APH production management and processes and how they have changed since 1981, when he began working at the company. Production areas that are mentioned include Braille, ATIC (Accessible Textbooks...

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