Abraham was hired and his experience with mechanics (gained during the war) became well known to the administrators of the school. It was shortly after this that In conjunction with a math teacher at the school, Abraham was asked to address the problems Howe Press (Perkins' publishing house) was having with the Foundation Writer.
|The Foundation Writer. This Brailler had a moveable carriage|
which often caused alignment issues. Also, there were far too
many sticky-outy parts.
|The embosser head. Pins from beneath the armiture press into |
the paper to make a Braille impression
|Eve demonstrating the unique process of rolling the paper into the machine.|
Only sixty machines were delivered in the first year of production. The next year it was 800. The year after that; a thousand.
|A young Perkins learner.|
The Perkins Brailler was a success. It quickly became the standard for Braillers in American schools. Abraham himself gave the blind their own pen and pencil.
|Children in Keyna learning on Perkins machines.|
Today the Perkins Brailler is still made. There are new versions having USB connectivity and LCD screens, but the technology has remained in constant production.
|The American Printing House for the Blind's version. Same as Howe's, but with a |
lighter touch, high-contrast color, and longer keytops.
To finish out this Post, I wanted to share one of the good things about working with kids. Eva works with a very special student who is learning both Braille and English at the same time.