Ruth Wohner using Triformation Systems transcription computer, 1987

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2004.134.49.255

Description: Color photograph; Color photograph; American Printing House for the Blind employee Ruth Ann Wohner is editing a braille translation with a Triformation Systems, Inc. transcription machine; she has short, grey hair and is wearing a navy blue top; she is sitting at a computer on a wooden-top desk; she has her hands on a braille keyboard; she is looking off a printout propped up on a stand to her left; several tables wtih computers on them are visible in the background; a Christmas tree is visible in the back right corner; the pillars in the background indicate that she is in the 1923 building.

Medium: Photographic Paper

Print Size: 3.5 (h) x 5 (w) in.

Date: 1987

Photographer: Unidentified

History/Provenance: Braille Transcription Editors (BTEs) were IBM personal computers that were modified to translate braille. Transcribers used a braille keyboard to key in the braille which the computer then wrote onto floppy disks. The disks would then drive the Plate Embossing Devices (PEDs) and Text Embossing Devices (TEDs), much like tape used to drive stereograph machines.

Credit Line: (see provenance)

Subjects: Braille