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Helen Keller video

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 26, 2009

This 1930 newsreel footage shows Helen Keller and her companion Anne Sullivan demonstrating how Keller learned to speak.

Much is made of Keller’s method of sign language, but I had no idea she could talk. (via gulfstream)

Update: Here’s an audio clip of Keller giving a speech.

A hundred and twenty year old photo

posted by Deron Bauman   Mar 10, 2008

A hundred and twenty year old photo of a young Helen Keller has been found.

The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls.