Rare Franklin D. Roosevelt Photograph

While completing a formal appraisal on the Roy Rosenzweig papers, the appraiser found this photograph of FDR in 1934. What is unusual about the photograph is that it shows FDR using a cane and leg braces visible at the bottom of his pants. FDR used a cane and leg braces because he suffered from polio he contracted in 1921. His condition was largely hidden from the public, which is not the case in this photograph since the people can clearly see he is disabled. The photograph was taken in Worcester, Massachusetts, a city that Rosenzweig researched and wrote about during his long career as a historian.

FDR greeted in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1934. Rosenzweig papers.