Rare FDR footage unveiled at State Archives

By WTAJ News

Published 05/15 2014 05:02PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:25PM

HARRISBURG – Never before seen footage of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt walking was unveiled Thursday at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

The 8 seconds of film was shot in 1937 by Harrisburg native and MLB pitcher Jimmie DeShong on his 8mm home movie camera.

Members of DeShong’s family and First Lady Susan Corbett unveiled the rare film. It is only one of two known extended clips in existence showing President Roosevelt walking.

“At a time that our country was going through a lot of turmoil with World War II and the depression it was important that he showed strength to the public,” said Susan Corbett.

Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down by polio in 1921. The film will be used by Ken Burns in his upcoming documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

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