19 December 2002
[BELL, Alexander Graham]. 6 hand-carved wooden printing blocks owned by Bell, used to print the Visible Speech symbols developed by his father, [ca. 1870]. Wooden blocks of various sizes ( 7/8 x 1 x ½ to 7/8 x 1½ x 5/8 in.), each with unique raised symbol.
BELL'S WORK WITH THE DEAF: THE SYSTEM OF VISIBLE SPEECH
Bell spent his entire life working with the deaf. His father, Alexander Melville Bell, had developed a novel phonetic system called Visible Speech and trained his sons to demonstrate the magic of the system to the leading speech and elocution authorities of Great Britain. In 1870, Alexander Graham Bell was brought to America and, within a year, was teaching at Sarah Fuller's school for the deaf in Boston and developed a class to instruct teachers in the new technology. Within four years, Bell's work with the deaf inspired the electrical experiments which led to the development of the telephone.
These blocks which were used to print some of the symbols used in Bell's system are apparently unique, we are reliably informed. (6)
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