HELEN KELLER - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED - HFSID 171214
HELEN KELLER Helen Keller signs a piece of cardboard below a color magazine photograph of her. Photograph Mount Signed: "Helen Keller". Color, 7¾x10¼ overall, image 7¾x9 (two surfaces).
Sale Price $680.00
Helen Keller signs a piece of cardboard below a color magazine photograph of her.
Photograph Mount Signed: "Helen Keller". Color, 7¾x10¼ overall, image 7¾x9 (two surfaces). Inspirational lecturer and author Helen Keller (1880-1968) had entered her dark, silent world as a result of illness while still a toddler. When she was about six years old, her parents sought help from Alexander Graham Bell, who had demonstrated his father's Visible Speech system at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes in 1871. Bell was instrumental in having instructor Anne Mansfield Sullivan (1866-1936) sent to teach Helen how to read, write and speak. With Sullivan's help, Helen learned the manual alphabet and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe in 1904. Devoting the rest of her life to the blind and deaf, Keller lectured and campaigned for improved services for the handicapped. In 1932, she and Sullivan helped make English Braille the standard. Keller, who wrote several books, including the inspirational The Story of My Life (1903), was awarded membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Keller's life was later the basis for William Gibson's Tony Award-winning Broadway play (1959-1961) and the Academy Award-winning feature film (1962), The Miracle Worker. Mary Agnes "Polly" Thompson was Keller's secretary (from 1914) and nurse and companion from 1922 until her death in 1960. Thomson accompanied Keller on both her goodwill trips and vacations. Ink date at lower right. Lightly soiled at corners of mounting board. Jagged at blank margins. Otherwise, fine condition.
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