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Aja Sullivan
Aja Sullivan • 2 years ago

8-year-old Helen Keller (1880-1968) with Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) vacationing at Cape Cod in July 1888. Both Keller and Sullivan indicated later in their journals that “doll” was the first word Helen learned in sign language in March 1887. This photograph is believed to be the only known photo of Helen holding one of her dolls.

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The photo was taken: 1888 & Discovered: 2008. It is in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and shows eight-year-old Helen Keller hand in hand with her teacher Anne Sullivan. Both Keller and Sullivan indicated later in their journals that “doll” was the first word Helen Keller learned in sign language in March 1887. This photograph was taken about sixteen months later and is believed to be the only known photograph of Helen Keller holding one of her dolls.

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