Famous people of France: ‘Louis Braille’

This stamp is dedicated to Louis Braille, famous inventor of the alphabet for blind people.

Louis Braille was born in 1809, in a small village near Paris.

When he was three he went blind because of an accident in his father's workshop. In the age of ten the boy took interest in the sonography, procedure of the writing of sounds in relief invented by Barbier de la Serre. By the year 1825 Braille had worked out his own writing system – the alphabet imitating the character set for sighted which can be easily decoded due to 6 points in relief.

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