Dr. Moon at The Croft: supplementary images

The Moon household

The Moon household posing in the conservatory at The Croft in the 1890s. Seated, left to right, Adelaide, Dr. Moon, and (probably) Anna Maria Moon, Adelaide’s stepmother. Others unidentified though the gentleman immediately behind Dr. Moon may well be Adelaide’s older brother, Dr. Robert Moon.

Sir Charles Lowther

Sir Charles Lowther (1803-1894) was Dr. Moon’s principal benefactor and a close friend. Like Dr. Moon, he had been blinded by scarlet fever in childhood. He made large donations of moon books to Home Teaching Societies and lending libraries in the UK and abroad. [Image from Rutherfurd 1898, facing page 88]

The Embossed Euclid

Not just the Bible and Longfellow: an example page from a geometry textbook printed in moon, The Embossed Euclid. [Image from Rutherfurd 1898, facing page 164]

Specimens of Dr. Moon's Type for the Blind as Applied to Foreign Languages

Not just English: moon has been used for Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Russian, Swedish and several hundred other languages. [Image from Rutherfurd 1898, page 40]

Moon's Books for the Blind

The entrance to Dr. Moon’s house and printing facility at 104 Queen’s Road, Brighton as it was in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The building was demolished in the twentieth century.

The Embossing Room

“At the commencement of the work, the embossing was carried on at my private residence; but it soon became necessary to procure larger and more suitable premises. A piece of ground was consequently purchased, on which the present premises for the work were subsequently erected. On September 4th, 1856, the foundation-stone was laid by Sir Charles Lowther, Bart.; but the premises, larges as they first appeared, were soon found to be far too small, and three enlargements have since been made to enable us to meet the increasing demands for the books.” [Dr. Moon quoted in Rutherfurd 1898, page 36]

The Electrotyping Room

The Electrotyping Room at 104 Queens Road, Brighton
[Image from Rutherfurd 1898, facing page 224]

The Possum Moon Writer

The Moon Writer, produced by the British company Possum Controls Ltd. in 1984. The two keys on the left control paper contact and carriage advance. The white ring on the square black pad controls the embossing stylus on the paper, but at a much reduced scale.

The circular rail

Dr. Moon walking in the garden at The Croft. Adelaide had installed a path with a handrail on level ground so that her father could take his daily exercise unaccompanied.

Walking in the garden

Adelaide and her father walking in the garden at The Croft

The Croft viewed from the north

The Croft viewed from the north

The view from the road

The view from the road

The view from the garden, looking south

The view from the garden, looking south. Note the iron railings. These somehow survived until the 1980s despite two world wars in which domestic ironwork was requisitioned for the manufacture of armaments.

Another view of The Croft

Another view of The Croft

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[Page updated with an additional image, 29th May 2013.]

Tony Brooks

[Copyright © 2012, Anthony R. Brooks. Adapted from Anthony R. Brooks (2008) The Changing Times of Fulking & Edburton. Chichester: RPM Print & Design.]