New Braille Stamp Launched In Hungary

Magyar Posta, the Hungarian postal operator, has launched a commemorative stamp to mark the 200 years since the birth of Louis Braille.

Braille lost his sight at the age of three in an accident. Despite the difficulties he became an accomplished church organist, and was elected professor of school for the blind. As a student and teacher, he developed the system which found worldwide acceptance and is still in use today although the advent of the talking book also improved access to reading material for the visually impaired.

The new stamp will be limited to 250,000 copies.

The first Braille stamp was issued by Brazil in 1974 to commemorate the 5th World Council for the Welfare of the Blind in Sao Paulo.

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