Tactile Aids, Apparatus and Games for the Blind Collection

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Creator: 

Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
Circa 1860s-1950
Call number: 
AG21
Abstract: 

This collection contains items that were loaned to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind for exhibition from 1994-2011. This collection includes games for the blind, including puzzles, dice, and dominos and card games. There are also tactile maps of the United States and several continents. Tactile pictures, mostly of animals, are also included, as well as items for teaching geometry and writing. These items include writing slates and a tactile script alphabet made out of string.  Several of the items were made by the National Institute for the Blind in London.  

Extent: 
1.5 linear feet
Language: 
English, French
Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
APH Loan Collection, Perkins School for the Blind.
Arrangement: 

5 Series, 4 Boxes

Container List: 

Series 1: Games, undated

Box 1: 

  1. Deck of Old Maid. Includes 9 pairs and one odd card. Cards have brailled numbers and captions. Braille and print directions are included, undated
  2. The Game of Word Making and Word Taking. Made by the National Institute for the Blind, London. With  instructions in print and braille, undated
  3. Leather Dice Cup & 8 Dice, undated
  4. Braillette writing board with metal pegs. Inscription on items reads “N.Y. City Institute, made out of a universal peg board found there,” undated
  5. Puzzle of a Train. Made by the National Institute for the Blind, London. Catalogue No. 9203, undated
  6. Puzzle of a horse made by the National Institute for the Blind, London. Catalogue No. 9204, undated
  7. Puzzle of a cow made by the National Institute for the Blind, London. Catalogue No. 9205, undated
  8. A box of dominos for the blind with a bag of 7 additional domino pieces, undated

 
Series 2: Geography, undated

Box 2: 

  1. Raised-line map of Southeast U.S. with labeling in New York point, undated
  2. Raised-line map of Asia with labeling in New York point, undated
  3. Raised-line map of Europe with labeling in New York point, undated
  4. Raised-line map of the United States in New York point, undated
  5. Raised-line map of the Central United States in New York Point, undated
  6. Raised-line map of the Northeast United States in New York Point, undated
  7. Raised-line map of the Western United States in New York Point, undated

Series 3: Geometry, undated
Box  2:  

  1. 3 Tactile geometry cards numbered 14, 35, and 34, undated

Box 3:

  1. Geometry board. Handmade learning tool of wooden pieces and string pinned to a cloth board, undated. [Includes note “Writing slates received from Herr Emil Kull, Stadt Blinden Schule, Berlin, 1902.”]

Series 4: Writing, undated, ca. 1890's
Box 2:

  1. 3 writing guides including The Nickerson Improved Writing Tablet for the Adult Blind, undated

Box4:

  1. Alphabet card with lower case script made of string glued to front of board that has been shellacked. Used as a teaching aid, undated
  2. Octopus embossed picture with braille labeling, created as part of a Pictures for the Blind series by Martin Kunz, ca. 1890s
  3. Embossed illustration of the anatomy of the eye, undated
    [Guldberg, Ludvig August Friborg]
  4. Gears embossed picture with braille labeling, created as part of a Pictures for the Blind series by Martin Kunz, ca. 1890s
  5. Shapes embossed picture with braille labeling, created as part of a Pictures for the Blind series by Martin Kunz, ca. 1890s
  6. Leaves embossed picture with braille labeling, created as part of a Pictures for the Blind series by Martin Kunz, ca. 1890s