Early examples of embossed texts

a copy of embossed text in french

RLSB founder Thomas Lucas found inspiration for creating embossed text for blind readers after he became friends with a vision impaired man in 1830.

7JAN4 - scotch braille - NEW WEBDuring this pre-Braille era, he began to explore how text could best be embossed, and to help him with research, an acquaintance sent him some early examples embossing.

These delicate items still exist among our archives, along with a letter dated 1831. This letter explains that the first French example of embossing is a letter address to Louis XVI, while the second is Scotch embossing of the alphabet and religious lessons.

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