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New York Point is a dot system introduced at the New York Institute for the Blind in 1868. For most of the 19th and early 20th century most schools for the blind in the U.S. used and taught New York Point. By the 1930s, it had been fully replaced by the current Braille code used today by all English-speaking countries.

The New York Institute developed tools and machinery to produce Point by blind persons at home and school, and for the mass production of books and literature.

The New York Point Alphabet


 

New York Point is a dot system introduced at the New York Institute for the Blind in 1868. For most of the 19th and early 20th century most schools for the blind in the U.S. used and taught New York Point. But other codes competed that lead to a period of blindness history known as "The War of the Dots". By the 1930s, it had been fully replaced by the current Braille code used today by all English-speaking countries. 

The New York Institute developed tools and machinery to produce Point by blind persons at home and school, and for the mass production of books and literature.

photo of the Cox donation

Recently we had the great fortune of expanding out limited collection of books in New York Point. Sadly, very few Point books remain in our collection and we are always on the lookout for items in the format. During the summer of 2017, we were contacted by a representative of Ray Cox who owned a volume of a New York Point Bible printed in 1905. 

view of the display case housing the bible volume

We have received the book and it now sits beautifully in our Museum on the history of the school. The large volume contains the books of Joshua through Second Samuel. It sits in a glass case that has the history of NY Point and it creator William Bell Wait.

Closeup of the volume and the display card