American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville, Ky.)
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Verna Bell talks about working as a stereograph operator at the American Printing House for the Blind from 1957 until her retirement in the 1970s. She describes stereotyping and correcting braille printing plates for use on the presses. She also talks about making hand drawn illustrations for tooling, and about APH recreational activities.
Hilda Caton talks about her work in the Educational Research Departmetnt at the American Printing House for the Blind, beginning in 1970 through the 1980s. During this time, she supervised research for and development of several braille projects, including field testing and evaluation. She talks about the Patterns: Primary Braille Reading Progam, developed with her associate Eleanor Pester, another braille specialist in the department, and about the standardization of braille codes.
Marilyn Cheatham talks about her responsibilities as Health Nurse and Safety Coordinator in the Human Resources Department at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), where she worked from 1979 until her retirement in 2006. She discusses OSHA standards, the company's increase in safety awareness, the establishment of safety committees, and employee safety training.
Dale Carter Cooper talks about her work as a Talking Book narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind, where she started recording in 1952. She describes the variety of books that she read and some of the challenges. She talks about the relocation of the studios to the basement after the new adminsitration building addition opened in 1955. Also mentioned are other APH studio staff including narrators, monitors, and directors.
Waunda Cox talks about her work as a tactile graphics tooler, braille transcriber and copyholder at the American Printing House for the Blind. She discusses new technology used in braille and tactile graphics production, including the use of computers and the PEARL (Plate Embossing Apparatus for Raised Lines), and use of the carousel table in colating. She also describes breaktime in the APH cafeteria, and the 1988 Teamsters Union strike.
Mary Crawford talks about her work as a press operator in braille and large type production at the American Printing House fror the Blind, the machinery and changes in processes, and her work in the company's ATIC (Accessible Textbooks) Department, where she operated Braillos and binding equipment for textbook production until her retirement in 2006. She also describes the use of the PEARL machine for production tactile graphics, and of the TED (Text Embossing Device) and PED (Plate Embossing Device). Crawford also recounts her experiences as a Teamsters Union member during the strike of 1988.
Margaret (Peggy) Cunningham, 2001 APH retiree, talks about working in the Accounts Payable office at the American Printing House for the Blind. She also sdescribes working at the switchboard and assisting with fundraising mailings.
Loretta Curry talks about working at the American Printing House for the Blind from 1970 until her retirement in 1999. She describes braille bookbinding, silk screening, braille typesetting, making page layouts for large type books, and using a Heidelberg press. She mentions assisting with the Patterns series in the Educational Research Department.
Jack Decker, Vice President of Production at the American Printing House for the Blind, talks about APH production management and processes and how they have changed since 1981, when he began working at the company. Production areas that are mentioned include Braille, ATIC (Accessible Textbooks), Large Type, Tape Duplication, Talking Book Studio, Maintenance, and Educational Aids. He talks about on-demand production, improved inventory tracking, implementation of the Toyota Production System, unionization and the 2005 Teamsters Union strike.
Loretta Devore, a 2007 retiree of the Americvan Printing House for the Blind, describes the various jobs that she held while working for the company. These include the production of braille books covers and labels, collating of printed materials in the Large Type Department, container production, and the manufacturing of various educational aids, including the Sense of Science series.