Discovery of postal envelopes made by the students at Institution for the Blind and Mute in 1880

According to the report in 2008 by OHSAWA Hideo (大沢秀雄), a professor of the Department of Health, Tsukuba University of Technology,  postal envelopes produced by the students at the Rakuzenkai Institution for the Blind and Mute in Tokyo were found.

The production of postal envelopes was to reduce school expenses in the early days of the Institution as well as part of vocational training. A stamp to show who  produced is seen on the evelope

Maejima Hisoka (前島密: 1835~1919), the chief of the Japanese post office (Ekiteiryo), recommended the sale of these products. Maejima worked on the establishment as a member of a philanthropic society called the Rakuzenkai Society. Furthermore, he acted as a negotiator for the Tokyo Blind and Deaf School, contributing to the development of education for the blind and deaf.

On Maejima's recommendation, the envelops were produced by blind students from May, 18, 1800, and later deaf students from September 1 in the same year with the use of the instrument created by Ochi Seiren (), the first director of the institution.

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