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NORMAN ROCKWELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/02/1963 - HFSID 77507

He is enthused about collaborating on Franklin Project. TLS: "Norman", 1p, 8x9. Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1963 May 2. On his personal letterhead to Pete. In full: "If I can get anything out of the Post, which you certainly deserve, I'll see you get it.…"

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Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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NORMAN ROCKWELL
He is enthused about collaborating on Franklin Project.
TLS: "Norman", 1p, 8x9. Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1963 May 2. On his personal letterhead to Pete. In full: "If I can get anything out of the Post, which you certainly deserve, I'll see you get it. But things are a little hectic down there. Believe it or not I'm starting on the "Poor Richard's Almanac" with renewed interest. After all we much (sic) have been in an inspired mood when we took the photographs, because they are in just the right spirit. Mollie joins me in affectionate greetings to you and Zev, with hopes we can get together on another wild project soon. Who knows." NORMAN ROCKWELL (1894-1978) would end his long association with the "Saturday Evening Post" the year he wrote this letter to L.A. "PETE" TODD, friend and photographer. At this time Rockwell is excited about his upcoming work on illustrations for the 1964 publication of "Poor Richard's Almanac". Based on the classic work of Benjamin Franklin, it was filled with the homilies of a simple man who resembled many of the people that appeared on Rockwell's canvases. Rockwell drew much of his realism by painting from photographs and he considered Todd, who was based in Hollywood, his favorite photographer, calling Todd his "authority on Hollywood". This association lasted for more than 20 years. Most notably, they worked together on the Post cover, "Jockey Weighing In", and they collaborated when Rockwell did illustrations for the western film Stagecoach, which was released in 1966. In this film, Rockwell appeared in a cameo role as a card shark. Rockwell's artwork was ingrained into the heart and soul of America for more than a half-century. One of America's best-loved artists, Rockwell was famous for his illustrations on the covers of more than 300 issues of the "Saturday Evening Post", for which he began drawing in 1916. His art, drawn with attention to detail, had an air of simplicity and sentimentality. His popularity grew because his art seemed to be, for everyday Americans, a mirror-image of real life. Rockwell's subjects ran from American presidents to Mark Twain characters to the man who delivered his mail. His work was also published in several other magazines and numerous calendars, and his painting portraying "The Four Freedoms" was distributed as morale-builders and to promote the sale of Victory Bonds during WWII. Lightly creased. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 29½x23¼.

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