06 March 2008

Nagging Again



This 1888 photo released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston shows Helen Keller when she was eight years old, left, holding hands with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, during a summer vacation to Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. A staff member at the society discovered the photograph in a large photography collection recently donated to the society. When Sullivan arrived at the Keller household to teach Helen, she gave her a doll as a present. Although Keller had many dolls throughout her childhood, this is believed to be the first known photograph of Helen Keller with one of her dolls. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Thaxter P. Spencer Collection, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society-Boston)

As you all know, I keep going on about how important it is to save your photos, keep a journal, make some sort of record to pass along to children, because history not saved is history lost. Today just such a collection turned up an unexpected treasure: The earliest known picture of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. You can read the whole wonderful story HERE of how it was saved and came to light many decades later through a gift to the Boston Genealogical Society

4 comments:

Travis said...

I take this nagging seriously. It's important to keep a record and I'm trying to get mine organized.

Matt-Man said...

One of my sister's put together an extensive photo album for each of us this past Christmas. It is preiceless. Cheers Jamie!!

Mo said...

Is it just me or does Anne Sullivan look JUST LIKE a young Jessica Lange here?????????????

Lois Grebowski said...

She DOES look like Jessica Lange....

I have a box full of treasured photos. Some of my most valuable ones were taken in San Francisco just after the big earthquake in the early 1900s.

I's scan them and post them, but my scanner is so bad.