Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809 in Coupvray, a small French village east of Paris. At the age of three, while playing with a pruning knife designed for cutting leather in his father’s saddlery workshop, he severely injured his eye.
After several months, the other eye became infected because of sympathetic opthalmia and Louis Braille lost his vision completely.
He went to school in his village. Then, at the age of 10, he was admitted to the Royal Institution for Blind Youths in Paris (known nowadays as the National Institute for Blind Youths), founded in 1784 by Valentin Haüy. There he spent 24 years of his life, first as a student, then as a teacher, and it was also there that he created his alphabet composed of raised dots.
Louis Braille died on January 6th 1852 at the age of 43, victim of tuberculosis, which afflicted him for almost 17 years.
|Price of the stamp :||0,90 €|
|Layout:||Zink & Kraemer, Trier (D);|
|Printing:||Multicolored high-resolution offset and braille embossing by "Cartor Security Print S.A.", La Loupe (F);|
40 x 40 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.