Perkins School for the Blind

Photos of Helen Keller in the Middle East

In 1952, Helen Keller and Polly Thomson embarked on a three-month trip to the Middle East, visiting Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.

This collection of 35mm color slides was taken by Karl Meyer, the Director of the School for the Blind, Swiss Friends of the Armenians Mission, Bourj-Hammoud, Djisr, Beirut, Lebanon. Meyer served as guide to Keller and Thomson during their excursions in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

This collection was donated to the Perkins School for the Blind by Anita Jaccard, a relative of Karl Meyer.

Additional Information:
For more information about Keller's travels in Egypt read the blog entry on the American Foundation for the Blind website. There is also an entry on Lebanon.

For more information about Hellen Keller is available on the Perkins History Museum section of

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