|Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of
Greek antiquity was believed to be blind in his later years. The stamp
on the right shows a wooden craving of Trojan horse from an episode in
|Moshe Dayan (1915 - 1981) Israeli General. Blind
in the left eye
from gunshot wound. As minister of defence in 1967 and
1969-74 was largely responsible for the victory over neighbouring
Arab states in the 1967 Six Day War but he was criticized for
Israel's alleged unpreparedness in the 1973 October War and
resigned along with the Prime Minister Golder Meir.
- from Oxford English Dictionary -
|Degas, (Hilaire Germain) Edgar (1834-1917) was a French
painter and sculptor, whose innovative composition, skilful drawing, and
perceptive analysis of movement made him one of the masters of modern art
in the late 19th century. He is best known for his ballerina paintings.
In the 1880s, when his eyesight began to fail (from myopic degeneration),
Degas began increasingly to work in two new media that did not require
intense visual acuity: sculpture and pastel. In his sculpture, as in his
paintings, he attempted to catch the action of the moment, and his ballet
dancers and female nudes are depicted in poses that make no attempt to
conceal their subjects' physical exertions.
His pastels are usually simple compositions containing only a few figures.
He was obliged to depend on vibrant colours and meaningful gestures rather
than on precise lines and careful detailing, but, in spite of such limitations,
these works are eloquent and expressive and have a simple grandeur unsurpassed
by any of his other works.
|Long John Silver from Treasure Island.
Interestingly, some stamps show
he has only left leg and the other right.
|Theis the Blind (1747-1824) . 150th Anniversary of Death.
Theis the Blind was a wandering minstrel who was well known for propogating
the Luxembourg dialect through popular songs. His real name was Mathias
|Sonny Terry . b. Saunders Terrell, 24 October 1911, Greensboro, North
Carolina, USA, d. 12 March 1986, New York City, New York, USA. By the age
of 16, Sonny Terry was virtually blind following two accidents, which encouraged
his concentration on music. He was a famous blue folk singer.
|American writer and cartoonist (1894-1961), whose best known characters
are perhaps Walter Mitty, his snarling wife, and silently observing animals.
Turber's prime interest was in the small events of human life, dealing
with the frustrations of modern world. His stories have influenced later
writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller. Thurber is generally
acknowledged as the greatest American humorist since Mark Twain.
"Early to rise and early to bed
makes a male healthy and wealthy
and dead." (from
Fables for Our Time, 1940)
Young James was partially blinded by a childhood accident - his brother
William shot an arrow at him. When he was unable to participate in games
and sports with other children, he developed a rich fantasy life, which
would serve to inspire his later fiction.