: Photograph of a Roman aqueduct replica from a collection of models for the Ohio State School for the Blind. The Romans constructed several aqueducts that fed water to their cities, small towns and industrial sites. The aqueducts served potable water and supplied water to numerous baths and fountains in the city. Once-used gray water was used to remove waste matter when it was emptied into the sewers. The city of Rome had an extensive system of these public works. Before Rome was great there were aqueducts and waste systems, but it was the Roman arch and the use of concrete that allowed Rome’s water supply to grow with the city. Roman aqueducts were from 15 to 20 miles long. Model dimensions: length 38", width 21", height 9”.
Photographs and descriptions of models were included in the book "Models for the Blind," compiled by workers of the Ohio Writers' Program. The book was meant as a guide, to be used in the building and study of models, and as documentation of the achievements at the Ohio State School for the Blind. The models were a result of research, design and construction by employees of the Works Projects Administration. Models were made of durable materials to withstand regular usage. The average cost of labor for larger models was $45. A special room was built to store the models where teachers could borrow them to be used in classroom instruction. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B11F02_027_001 Subjects
: United States. Work Projects Administration; Blind--Education--Ohio; Ohio State School for the Blind; Aqueducts Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)