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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944

The Summer 2021 issue of Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, features an article about Eleanor Roosevelt’s writing career. Among other fascinating details, we learn that United Feature Syndicate, a distributor of newspaper columns, recruited First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1935 to write “My Day,” a column which she would go on to write six days a week from 1935 to 1962, only reducing the schedule from 1961-’62, the year in which she died. This Karsh portrait of her holding a pencil is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, (most recently included in the NPG’s exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States“) and naturally the NEH turned to us to illustrate their article.

Read the whole article here.