Rare Helen Keller Photograph Discovered A long-lost photograph of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, surfaces nearly 120 years after it was taken. The picture of the deaf and blind advocate, then eight years old, and the woman who gave her language was shot on a family vacation.
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Rare Helen Keller Photograph Discovered

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Rare Helen Keller Photograph Discovered

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"Doll" is the first word Helen Keller (left) ever spelled for her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society hide caption

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A rare photograph of deaf and blind advocate Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, has surfaced — nearly 120 years after it was taken.

Captured in 1888 on Cape Cod, the image shows an eight-year-old Helen sitting outside in a chair holding Sullivan's hand and a doll. Experts say it could be the earliest photo of the two together, and the only one showing the child with a doll. "Doll" is the first word Sullivan ever spelled for Keller.

The image was discovered in an album belonging to a man whose mother was a childhood friend of Helen Keller's on Cape Cod.