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Helen Keller’s Hands-On Meeting With Dwight Eisenhower

Helen Keller Meets Dwight Eisenhower

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On November 3, 1953, Helen Keller met President Dwight Eisenhower in what was likely the most unique greeting Eisenhower had ever received. Accompanied by Polly Thomson, Keller greeted the president with her hand — except instead of placing it in his hand, Keller went for the face. According to archival footage, Keller did this so that she might “see” him.

Said Keller after she “saw” Eisenhower: “I felt the courage in thought that carried him through such great years of the world’s history.”

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXV

Archtoyanie Sculpture Dancing Girl

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Inside Russia’s Surreal Summer Sculpture Festival

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers

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It started with an army of snowmen. From there, Russian artist Nikolay Polissky moved on to a castle made of firewood and a 50-foot lighthouse made of branches. Soon, he launched the Archstoyanie festival and drew other artists and architects to the small town to the quiet, rural Kaluga region. But with over 40,000 visiting the sculptures of Polissky and company last year, the region is becoming a little less sedate. Given the fascinatingly surreal character of the festival’s sculptures and installations, it’s no surprise that more and more are flocking to Kaluga. See for yourself at Smithsonian.

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers Light

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Pablo Picasso “Draws” With Light

Pablo Picasso is perhaps best known for the thousands of mind-bending scenes he created with paint, but his comparatively less-known light “drawings” are as worthy of consideration.

In 1949, Albanian-American photographer Gjon Mili visited the 68-year-old Picasso in Vallauris, France and showed the Cubist artist some photos he had taken of ice skaters who had jumped in the air with lights attached to their skates.

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Real Life “Fear And Loathing” In 1971

Hunter S Thompson Raoul Duke

Novelist Hunter S. Thompson and his attorney Oscar “Zeta” Acosta appear together in 1971, the year Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas would be released. Acosta and Thompson were close friends, with Thompson immortalizing Acosta’s when he created the character Dr. Gonzo, the Samoan attorney in “Fear and Loathing.”

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