RUSSELL PATTERSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 31802
RUSSELL PATTERSON The famed artist and illustrator, known for his trendy flapper women, sends letter of thanks to a friend describing a fun, drunken life, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "Russell" in black ink. 2 pages, 8½x11. New York City, New York. Addressed to Mr.
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The famed artist and illustrator, known for his trendy flapper women, sends letter of thanks to a friend describing a fun, drunken life, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Russell" in black ink. 2 pages, 8½x11. New York City, New York. Addressed to Mr. Louis Sobol of the New York Journal & American. In full: "Thanks again for the notice - and the invitation to your home - after reading the column I know at least some of the places I visited the other evening. That afternoon, Tuesday, everything went wrong. My work, and someone I believed in let me down so - I am so fed up with myself I decided to do the worst thing anyone could do - drown it. I evidently turned out swell you. I remember seeing you at the Stark Club. Then a black then I seemed to be on stage dancing with girls and Eddie Davis. That can't be for I haven't danced for ten years. I remember a taxi driver. Then I woke up in the Park Central Hotel, the phone ringing and a voice said I'm here to collect for that little item you signed last night. Some place I never heard of and can't remember. I went out again and when I did come around I don't remember if I paid the item. I can't remember the place. I have no money. But I'll never again try to hide my sorrows in drink. Thank you Louis you have been very grand to me, Sincerely". Russell Patterson (1893-1977) was a celebrated and prolific American cartoonist, illustrator and scenic designer, best known for his art-deco magazine illustrations which inspired the development and promotion of the 1920s and 1930s fashion style known as the flapper. His career began in Montreal, where he worked as an undistinguished cartoonist for some local newspapers; after being rejected for service in the Canadian army at the start of WWI, he moved to Chicago where he became a catalog illustrator. It was in 1925, after having moved to New York City, that he put his artistic talents toward illustration, adorning covers and interiors for magazines such as College Humor, Judge, Life, and Ballyhoo with his vivacious flappers, turning him into a celebrity; his Jazz Age women appeared on the covers of famed magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Photoplay in what became known as the "Patterson Girl". He worked on Broadway for productions of The Gang's All (1931), Fool's Rush In (1934) and Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, and for films such as Stand Up and Cheer! (1934), Bottoms Up (1934), and Give Me a Sailor (1938). Considered a beauty expert, Patterson judged Miss America contests from 1927 to 1945 and Miss Universe pageants from 1960 to 1963. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Creased throughout. Corners creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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