History in the Making: The Story of the American Printing House for the Blind

New book is now available to the public

December 18, 2008

An illustrated history book about the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired, is now on sale. It is the first book published solely on the history of this unique Louisville company, the oldest organization of its kind in the United States.

"This book explores how an organization with one printing press in borrowed space in a school basement grew to occupy most of a city block and became an icon for generations of students, teachers, and adult consumers," says Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, President of APH.

Written by former APH Museum director Carol Tobe, of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, the book was commissioned to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. Packed with rare details about the origins of APH, this 180 page book features rich photography, tactile pages from vintage books embossed on original APH presses using original plates from as early as the 1880s, and an accessible MP3 audio book version read by APH narrator, Jack Fox. The hardbound 12" x 12" book was designed by nationally known graphic artist Julius Friedman, and features color photography by Geoffrey Carr, both from Louisville.

Tobe places the birth, growth, and development of this unique Louisville manufacturer into the context of changing attitudes about people with disabilities. History in the Making is filled with stories of people who made a difference: the blind promoter from Mississippi, civic leaders who guided the fledgling organization, pioneer educators and students who struggled to develop standardized methods of reading and writing, and managers and workers who invented innovative methods to make the written word available to those who could not see.

Published by Louisville’s Butler Books, History in the Making retails for $39.95. It can be purchased at the American Printing House for the Blind, located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, from the web site: www.aph.org or by calling customer service, 800-223-1839. It will also be available at Louisville bookstores and online at both Butler Books and Amazon.

For more information about the American Printing House for the Blind call (502) 895-2405 or visit www.aph.org.

ABOUT APH:

2008 marks the 150th anniversary of The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization. APH is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible website (www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S. APH products can be ordered through Louis.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

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