ABIAN A. WALLGREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1926 - HFSID 45869
ALBIAN A. "WALLY" WALLGREN ALS on his personal stationery, adding his cartoon signature, a stylized "Wally" Autograph Letter signed: "A. A. Wallgren Esquire/Wally", 1 page, 7¼x10. Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, 1926 March 10. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Temple".
Sale Price $342.00
ALBIAN A. "WALLY" WALLGREN
ALS on his personal stationery, adding his cartoon signature, a stylized "Wally"
Autograph Letter signed: "A. A. Wallgren Esquire/Wally", 1 page, 7¼x10. Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, 1926 March 10. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Temple". In full: "Please pardon the long delay in acknowledging your very flattering invitation to join the elect. Regardless of my status hitherto I now regard your request as a just claim to fame. I am sending you a picture taken for the Historical War Records in June, 1919 during the last issue of Stars and Stripes - an occasion which scattered the staff to the four corners of Paris in search of that to fittingly celebrate the event - and from one of which places I was forcibly dragged to pose for history - as you may readily see - or assume from the photograph. Hoping that you will understand I do not always look like that, I remain Very sincerely yours". [Item not included.] Abian A. "Wally" Wallgren (1891-1948) worked as a cartoonist for the "Philadelphia Public Ledger" and "Washington Post" before World War I. He served in France with the Fifth Marines of the First Division. Wallgren's cartoons, titled "Helpful Hints," appeared in every issue of the U.S. military newspaper "The Stars and Stripes", poking fun at army life, satirizing the absurdity of army regulations and highlighting the differences between the army brass and the frontline soldier. In 1929, he co-authored Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, which included much soldierly "gallows humor" from World War I ("The Hearse Song," etc.) In the 1930s he created the comic book character Hoosegow Herman. Bottom edge frayed. Lightly worn edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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