Rare Video Shows FDR Walking: Filmed at the 1937 All-Star Game

In 1921, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt was sail­ing in the Bay of Fundy when he fell over­board into the cold waters. The next day, he felt weak­ness in his legs. The sen­sa­tion inten­si­fied, and, soon enough, he could no longer walk. Once doc­tors sort­ed things out, F.D.R. dis­cov­ered that he had con­tract­ed polio, a dis­ease that typ­i­cal­ly afflict­ed chil­dren, not adults. A long and gru­el­ing peri­od of reha­bil­i­ta­tion fol­lowed, most­ly in Warm Springs, Geor­gia. You can see footage of his rehab right below.

With a lot of hard work, F.D.R. learned to walk short dis­tances, aid­ed by leg braces, a cane, and some­one’s shoul­der to lean on. When he re-entered pol­i­tics, the F.D.R. Pres­i­den­tial Library notes, he “request­ed that the press avoid pho­tograph­ing him walk­ing, maneu­ver­ing, or being trans­ferred from his car. The stip­u­la­tion was accept­ed by most reporters and pho­tog­ra­phers but peri­od­i­cal­ly some­one would not com­ply. The Secret Ser­vice was assigned to pur­pose­ly inter­fere with any­one who tried to snap a pho­to of FDR in a ‘dis­abled or weak’ state.” Above, you can see (accord­ing to CNN) only the sec­ond known clip that shows F.D.R. walk­ing. (Watch around the 40 sec­ond mark.) Record­ed in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., at the 1937 All-Star Game, the video was recent­ly donat­ed to the Penn­syl­va­nia His­tor­i­cal and Muse­um Com­mis­sion. The oth­er extant video appears right below.

via CNN

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