Helen Keller Teaching Charlie Chaplin the Manual Alphabet

There's something wonderful about this moment frozen in time, and look on Charlie's face just proves it.

Photo via Reddit

Charlie Chaplin (whose 124th birth anniversary was celebrated earlier this week) is an iconic figure in the film industry, having risen to fame in the silent era through his slapstick comedies and his screen persona, the Tramp.

Helen Keller was an American author and political activist, who lost her sense of sight and hearing when she was 19 months old, and is the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

The photo above was taken in 1919 and captured the complete beauty of the moment: Keller looking patient and steadfast, while Chaplin leans on, absolutely riveted by the woman before him.

And for a man who spent his life entertaining people through his songs and actions, an afternoon spent interacting with a woman who could appreciate neither must be quite enlightening, wouldn’t you say?

Like these random vintage photos? See more articles from the Overly Descriptive Title series in the Lomography Magazine!

written by geegraphy on 2013-04-19 in #lifestyle #overly-descriptive-title #helen-keller #vintage #charlie-chaplin

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