Making - Mop making was introduced during the 1960's. All the components used
in the mop making process are imported from England. Eleven (11) persons work
on the mop table and a mop can be produced in less than five (5) minutes. Mop
production is dependent on demand, and the mops are usually sold on the
Barbadian and Caribbean markets.
Caning - Caning is a very technical, time consuming process. Eight (8) persons
work in this area, using cane which is sourced from New York. Most of the
chairs which are caned come from Barbadians who need furniture refurbished.
Local furniture manufacturers also use the services of the blind workshop to
cane their furniture. Caning is done in bar stools, bed heads and cupboard
Little Girl at the Braille Machine -
for the Deaf and Blind was started through the voluntary efforts of the
Barbados Association for the Blind and Deaf in 1959. The roll rose steadily
from eight (8) in 1966 to forty (40) in 1968 through the unstinting efforts of
its first trained teacher of the Deaf, Mr. Irving Wilson. .
Club of Barbados built a school to accommodate these students at its present
location in the ‘The Pine’, St. Michael. The school became a government
establishment that same year with Mr. Irving Wilson as its first Principal. The
Lions again carried out extensions to the school in 1975 to accommodate a roll,
which had increased to ninety-six (96) students. That same year the unit for
the blind was added to the school.
language was introduced in 1974 -75 as a method of communication. Since then
this institution has embraced the Total Communication ‘philosophy’.
eighties, under the principalship of Ms. Gloria Franklyn the school saw the
re-introduction of work exposure training for its teenage students and the
introduction of Tele Type devices (TTD’S) for the Deaf. Sign Language classes
were also introduced to the wider community.
the school has a roll of sixty-eight (68) students ranging from ages 3-17 and
fourteen (14) members of the teaching staff. 1996 saw the addition of a deaf
-Louis Braille - Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, in a town near
Paris. At the age of three (3) Louis injured his eye in his father’s workshop
with an awl, a tool used for making holes in leather.
later his other eye became infected as a result of the injury to the first and
in 1812 he became blind – the result of sympathetic ophthalmia.
Louis was sent to Paris to live and study at the National Institute for the
his first love so he became a talented cellist and organist, in time he played
the organ for churches all over France.
In 1821 at
the Institute Louis was first introduced to the idea of reading by using a
coded system of raised dots by a man called Charles Barbier, a soldier. That
same year he began work on improving the system and by 1824 at age 15, Louis
had developed an improved system which allowed the user to both read and write
an alphabet, by using one of his father’s blunt awls to create a 6-dot cell
based upon normal spelling.
book ever printed using the Braille system was published in 1827. This book was
used to describe and teach Braille at the same institute where he spent his
life first as a student and then later as a teacher. He translated many books
into Braille and was much liked and respected by his students.
Louis and his friend Pierre Foucault developed a machine to speed up the
Braille system which was previously a long drawn out process. Louis died in
1852 at age 43; his death went unreported by all the newspapers in Paris. It
was only in 1854 that the system of Braille which he had developed was
recognised in France.
Louis Braille’s accomplishments were finally recognised by the French
government and his body was exhumed and reburied in the Pantheon in Paris, with
other French national heroes. Today he is celebrated as a hero for all blind
and partially sighted people. His lasting legacy to blind persons worldwide is
the gift of independence and the joy of reading.
Title Bicentenary of the
Birth of Louis Braille
Release Date July 06,
Casco CASCO Studio
Printer Joh. Enschede
Stamp Size 42.58mm x
Format 50 (2 x 25).
Paper CASCO Crown
Perforation 14 per 2 cms.
Values 50c, $1.40, $1.75
Release Date 6 July 2009.
Stamps Values &
50c - Mop being made
$1.40 – Chair being caned
$1.75 - Little girl at
$2.00 - Louis Braille
Set of stamps: $5.65
First Day Cover: $6.40
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 28 March, 2011.