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The Washington times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, October 03, 1920, FINAL EDITION, Image 18

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Loss of sight is no particular handi
capl to thee students at the Columbia 4
Polytechnic Institute for the Blind, 1808
H treet northwest, it will be testified by
the many patrons of the school who take
their chairs there to be recaned and oth
crwise repaired.
The students also are adept at mak
ing brooms and wicker baskets. The
brooms receive especial praise from pur
chasers who say they are so well made
they last longer and sweep much cleaner
than the ordinary trade brooms.
In arts as well as trades the pupils of
: Y Y the institution also make wonderful prog
ress and several of them rank high among
Washington's musicians.
The upper left photograph shows A.
G. Ramisch (left) foreman of the shop,
instructing J. C. Carter (right) in assem
lydng straw in broom making. Upper cen
ter-A. G. Ramisch, who is the instructor
of the work shop, is also vice president of
the institute.
Upper right-J. F. Germuiller finish
ing a caned seat; left center, Paul Locker,
putting the last touches on a broom; right
center,. George Biddle, making a new chair
out of an old one; lower left, Mrs. E. It.
Shoemaker, supervisor and accountant, is
the only person in the institute who can
use her eyes; lower center, French S.
Hufty, violin and manodlin instructor;
lower right, Katherine L. Grady, piano
teacher.
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