Sunday, 28 December 2008


My friends Ken and Gunilla from Sweden sent me eight nice FDC on my thematic collection Blindness /Blind. Here is a sample of them:
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to graduate from college.
Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was nineteen months old that she contracted an illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis). The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind.
In 1887 Helen’s father contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind, located in Boston. The school delegated teacher and former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired and then only 20 years old, to become Keller's instructor. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship, eventually evolving into governess and then eventual companion. Starting in May, 1888, Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1894, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896, they returned to Massachusetts and Keller entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe magna cum laude, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities amid numerous other causes. She was a suffragist, a pacifist, a radical Socialist, and a birth control supporter.

This FDC issued in 1990 celebrates 100 years of Braille in Japan. A blind Frenchman called Louis Braille (January 4, 1809 – January 6, 1852) was the inventor of braille, a worldwide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing. Braille is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points. His system was officially recognized in France two years after his death, in 1854. It has been adapted to almost every known language. Japanese braille is a braille code for writing the Japanese language. It is based on the original braille system. In Japanese it is known as tenji, literally "dot characters".
In 2009 it is celebrated the bicentenary of Louis Braille's birth and many postal administrations have already planned issuing stamps about it.
The first Braille stamp (with letters embossed in Braille) was issued here in Brazil in 1974 to commemorate the 5th World Council for the Welfare of the Blind in Sao Paulo.

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