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Touch HistoryDiscover the tools that brought reading to the blind
Precise patterns. Telling textures.
Fingertips trace the page. Revealing vital information and fantastic stories, invisible to most. But not to the blind. Charles Barbier first developed tactile écriture nocturne—or night writing—for Napoleon’s army as a way of silently communicating in total darkness. Blind student Louis Braille improved and perfected the system. And braille became a vital tool for the visually impaired around the world. Celebrate the rare, ingenious devices that let the blind see with this historic collection.
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