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  AFB Talking Book Exhibit

Robert B. Irwin, AFB Executive Director demonstrates the Talking Book machine to Helen Keller, circa December 1935.

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Helen Keller and Talking Books
Mutual Admiration

On May 6, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Seeing in the WPA an opportunity to fund the manufacture of Talking Book machines, M. C. Migel, AFB's President, enlisted Helen Keller's help to lobby Congress and persuade the President to approve funding. Migel sought to capitalize on the warm relationship and mutual admiration that had existed between Keller and Roosevelt since 1929 when Roosevelt was governor of New York State and Keller had asked him to become an honorary member of AFB.


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Helen's Initial Opposition to Talking Books
Mutual Admiration
A Change of Mind


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