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Rare Footage Shows FDR Walking At All-Star Game

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was crippled by polio at age 39, just as his political career was taking off, and the fact that he could only walk with assistance was something he wanted to hide from the American public, fearing they would perceive him as weak. Film of FDR when he is not in a car, sitting at a desk or standing behind a podium is very rare because the press corps of the time followed an unwritten rule that they should not portray a struggling chief executive. Now rare film footage that shows America's only four-term president walking has been donated to the Pennsylvania State Archives by the family of former baseball player Jimmie DeShong, a Harrisburg native who shot the film at the 1937 All-Star game.

Source: Inform

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