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Title: Braille typewriter
Item Name: Communication
Maker: Batista. Marburg, Germany


Braille typewriter and carry case, which belonged to Geoffrey Vince (1/9/1936-28/9/2004) of Goole, whose vision was seriously impaired following a brain absess in the 1960s. This model of braille typewriter was developed in Germany and is made from green metal with rubber rollers. The typewriter is attached to a hard black case with a rectangular, slanted top that fastens to the base by means of a silver-plated latch to make for more convenient transport. Item donated by Geoffrey Vince's daughter Julie Drury, who has worked for many years in Goole Library. Geoffrey Vince was born in Goole in 1936 with full sight. He trained to be an architect at Hull College and Doncaster technical College. He worked for Doncaster Technical College and drew up plans for Doncaster market Hall (Still standing as of 2022). In 1964, at the age of 28 he had an absess on his bain which scoured his optical disks. Having nearly died, Goeffrey underwent brain surgery in Leeds to remove/clean out the absess, however, he was left with tunnel vision and partial sight. He was no longer able to drive but still rode a bicycle. He was given various aids through his life to support everyday living including spectacles, an ID cane and a braille machine (see M10816.1-5) as well as access to talking books. Following his operation Geoffrey gained employment at Goole shipyard fitting out ships, until it closed. He then went to B-Line in Hull which was a 'supported work uni' for disabled people making furniture. Geoffrey also worked for Goole Waterways Museum's Sobriety Project for six months in 1988 and helped to fit out the Sobriety barge and its sister ship, which he enjoyed immensley. He retired at the age of 65.

Year: 1950s
Materials: plastic; metal; rubber
Measurements: L:40cm W:34cm D:14.5cm
ID_Number: ERYMS (Goole) : M10816.5