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Map of Florida, S.G. Howe, 1837
From The Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind
David Rumsey Map Collection
The Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind was published in 1837 for children at the New England Institute for the Education of the Blind in Boston. Without a drop of ink in the book, the text and maps in this extraordinary atlas were embossed heavy paper with letters, lines, and symbols.
Eventually Braille proved more effective than Howe’s method of embossed letters, but his maps remain today as wonderful examples of teaching the basic elements of geography and spatial relationships to blind students, enabling them to create the idea of maps as visualizations in their memories.
Read more at http://www.davidrumsey.com/blog/2012/5/21/atlas-for-the-blind-1837