Explore the way the American Printing House adapted or invented ways to emboss tactile books and print regular and large type.
Historic Printing Presses
Accessibility for the masses.
APH Embossing Press Chronology
The first challenge facing the newly formed American Printing House in the Blind was mastering the technology of using traditional printing machines to “emboss” raised characters readable for people who were blind. This exhibit explores the different press designs used on the production floor at APH.
APH Ink Print Department Chronology
APH was founded to emboss books in tactile alphabets, but the company also needed traditional in-house printing capability to print instruction manuals, reports, labels for Talking Book records, and to “foil-stamp” book covers. This exhibit explores the machines in the Ink Print Department at the Printing House.
APH Large Type Printing Press Chronology
APH started experimenting with large print textbooks in 1936. The presses used to emboss braille were not suited for this purpose. This exhibit explores the presses used in the Large Print Department at APH.