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  AFB Talking Book Exhibit

Shipping department at the Library for the Blind, New York Public Library, where stacks of records are housed, no date.

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Recording Technology Moves On
A Changing Role for AFB

On May 15, 1945, motivated by the increase in the numbers of blinded veterans at the end of World War II, the Library of Congress held a conference to discuss ways of improving Talking Book technology. AFB continued to manufacture Talking Book machines until 1946, at which time the Library of Congress awarded the bids to other commercial and noncommercial organizations. However, AFB maintained important Library of Congress research and development contracts to develop and test new machine technology well into the 1950s. Moreover, both AFB and the American Printing House for the Blind continued to receive contracts from the Library of Congress to produce and distribute Talking Book records.

Listen to an audio clip from a Talking Book entitled The Blind of Europe, recorded by Robert B. Irwin and Alexander Scourby in 1947. The recording describes the damage sustained by European facilities providing services to blind civilians during World War II.


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A Changing Role for AFB
Commercial Manufacture of Talking Book Machines
From Record Player to Cassette Player
The Digital Talking Book


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Early History
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Helen Keller
Helen Keller
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Operations Begin
Technology
Technology
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75 Years of AFB and Talking Books

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