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NORMAN ROCKWELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/04/1969 CO-SIGNED BY: KEN McCORMICK - HFSID 65683

Rockwell typed this letter to the editor-in-chief at Doubleday & Company regarding a reprint of one of his books of illustration Typed letter signed "Norman" by Rockwell and "Bill Thompson/Anything new on this?/K" by McCormick.

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NORMAN ROCKWELL, CO-SIGNED BY: KENNETH DALE MCCORMICK
Rockwell typed this letter to the editor-in-chief at Doubleday & Company regarding a reprint of one of his books of illustration
Typed letter signed "Norman" by Rockwell and "Bill Thompson/Anything new on this?/K" by McCormick. Rockwell has also handwritten an insertion, ", Mr.Kavaler", in the body of the letter. Also with "Rockwell" in red ink in unknown hand. 1 page, 7x10½ on Rockwell's personalized stationery, March 4, 1969. Addressed to: KenMcCormick, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,277 Park Avenue, New York, New York. In full: "Dear Ken: Thanks for your letter of February 24th. I know I have been kinda impatient about finding out about the reprinting of the ALBUM. Since I wrote you I got a call from a Mr. Franklin Kavaler, who is the lawyer for Mr. Ackerman, ex-president of the Curtis Publishing Company. He, Mr. Kavaler, says he has the plates, or knows where they are, and he can be reached at the Curtis Publishing Company, Independence Square, Philadelphia. I told this to Bill Thompson. Thanks for your letter, and I am interested in a possible reprint, as I get so many requests for it." Rockwell would create a number of famous pictures in 1969, including a portrait of Judy Garland and an illustration of man's first landing on the moon (which he criticized as being unnecessary and too costly). The Saturday Evening Postwould also go from a weekly to a monthly publication this year; Rockwell is best known for making illustrations for the magazine's cover. ROCKWELL (1894-1978) is an American artist and illustrator best known for his realistic and humorous scenes of small town life in America. He painted over 300 covers for the "Saturday Evening Post" from 1916 to 1965 after beginning his career at age 18 as an illustrator for "Boy's Life". His art, drawn with attention to detail, had an air of simplicity and sentimentality. Rockwell's popularity grew because his art seemed to be, for everyday Americans, a mirror-image of real life. His subjects ranged from American presidents to Mark Twain characters to the man who delivered his mail. Rockwell's work was also published in several other magazines and on numerous calendars, and his paintings portraying "The Four Freedoms" were distributed as morale-builders and to promote the sale of Victory Bonds during WWII. Rockwell published his autobiography, Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator, in 1960. MCCORMICK (1906-1997) was editor-in-chief at the publishing firm Doubleday & Company from 1942 (when it was still Doubleday, Duran & Company) to 1971, then as senior consulting editor to 1982, and was CEO of the company's editing department. During that time, he worked with a number of influential people and authors, including Richard Nixon, playwright Nöel Coward and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Page has been folded in three, otherwise in fine condition.

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