Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Helen Keller Photo
This could be the earliest photograph we have of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The discovery of this unique image was announced just three years ago. The photo was taken in 1888, a year after Sullivan was hired to teach Keller. It shows 8-year-old Helen Keller holding Sullivan’s hand and a doll during a summer vacation in Brewster, Massachusetts. The New England Historic Genealogical Society now has the photo. It had been tucked inside an album of a friend of her family for more than century. Keller was left blind and deaf after an illness as a toddler. Sullivan later taught her to spell into her hand.