Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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June 27


On this day in 1880 Helen Keller was born. ,The American blind-deaf author and lecturer had more sense than many. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

In 1890 Cecil Rhodes' colonies attack Motlousi in Matabeleland. He was an ardent believer in British imperialism, Rhodes and his British South Africa Company founded the southern African territory of Rhodesia.

KELLER (Helen, 1880-1968, Deaf & Blind American Writer, Lecturer & Scholar) Fine Typed Letter Signed to Mr Thurber, apparently James (1894-1961, the almost blind humorist and New Yorker cartoonist), thanking him “with a happy heart ... for being interested in the work of the American Foundation for the Blind”, his “generous gift has kindled a light which will throw its beam of usefulness wondrously far” in their “dark world”, talking of the Association’s study of “the employments in which the blind are actually ... wage-earners, and other callings which might be possible to them ... When the blind are usefully employed, they feel greater than their misfortune because their human pride is satisfied with the sweetness of accomplishment”, sending a folder [not present], and ending “May the light of joy shine in your heart because of your kindness!”, 1 side 4to, 93 Seminole Avenue, Forest Hills, New York, 14th December 1928 56536

RHODES (Cecil John, 1853-1902, Prime Minister of Cape Colony, Founder of Rhodesia)] Fine Unsigned Portrait Lithograph by Violet, Duchess of Rutland, (1856-1937, née Lindsay, wife, 1882, of Henry John Brinsley Manners, from 1906 8th Duke), sensitively drawn, showing him head and neck in near profile to the right, a little idealised, as if dreaming his dream for the British Empire, 14” x 10½”, no date but 1898 56326

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