Braille Press from Howe Press for Brazil

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2009.24.16.953

Description: BW print; new tabletop double cylinder "wringer" embossing press, powered by small electric motor, resting on sawhorses; captioned "Uformite Press, Perkins--Howe Press, June '52 (for Brazil)".

Medium: Photographic Paper

Date: Jun-52

History/Provenance: According to Perkins, Uformite is a resinous material made by the synthesis of Urea and Formaldihide to increase the strength of paper among many other things. At the 1963 "General Congress" a process of creating a master for braille duplication was described as so "The master braille sheet is coated on the embossed side with shellac. However, the reverse side is coated with a thin film of urea formaldehyde resin instead of the relatively thick plaster of the Guerin Process. A wringer press may be used but a flat-bed press produces better braille."

Credit Line: AFB Migel Memorial Library Collection, 2009.24

Subjects: Printing presses Embossing (Printing)