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Description:

A Page of Braille Owned by Helen Keller


Typed page of Braille, 9” x 11”, on a tan card. Two lines, most probably a retained copy typed by Helen Keller on a Braille typewriter to be typed on paper by her secretary. 


Braille characters are small rectangular blocks called cells that contain tiny palpable bumps called raised dots.“#4” in Braille in the upper right.

Helen Keller lived in Arcan Ridge, 163 Redding Road, Easton, Connecticut, from 1939 until her death in 1968.

Provenance in part: Letter dated February 15, 2001 (copy included). “I grew up as a child in the home of Helen Keller, which was sold to my father...after Ms. Keller’s death in 1968. The house where I and undoubtedly Ms. Keller had fond memories was located at 163 Redding Road in Easton, Connecticut. When cleaning out the house we found several items including some three-dimensional relics such as a hatbox clearly identified as being Helen Kellers. Also found in the house was a large group of letters written in Braille that were owned by Ms. Keller and which I am on this day parting with. It is my hope that these letters are dispersed to collectors that appreciate what they represent and care for them for many years as did my family.”

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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