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Before Braille: raised type in Europe

In the nineteenth century innovations in raised type allowed the written word to became accessible to visually impaired readers for the first time.

A blind girl reads the Bible by touch to her illiterate family in the dark; one man is tempted to go out and enjoy drunken revels in the daylight; representing light and darkness of the understanding. Engraving by W. Ridgway, 1871, after G. Smith.