Clamshell press, ca. 1950s

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2004.134.49.126

Description: Black and white glossy; an American Printing House for the Blind employee is operating a clamshell press; she is wearing glasses, a light short-sleeved blouse, and a plaid skirt; she is removing the embossed braille sheets from the press; pages of braille are stacked on a table in the background. Museum has two copies: 2004.134.49.28 and 2004.134.49.126.

Medium: Photographic Paper

Print Size: 10" (h) x 8" (w)

Date: ca. 1950s

Photographer: Courier-Journal and Louisville Times

History/Provenance: Universal/Colt’s Armory platen presses manufactured by Thomson-National became known at APH as "clamshell presses," and were adapted for braille use by removing all their inking mechanisms.

Credit Line: (see provenance)

Subjects: Presses Printing presses Braille