Firemans Fund Ins Co Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks beginning May 8, 1941

Page 21 – Plate IV: Princess April Morning-Glory soon was fast asleep in the pussy-cat’s ear

by Kelley Smoot Garret
Austin, Texas

This was possibly Letitia’s favorite drawing in Princess April Morning-Glory because for most of my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, when the original artwork was on display in my parent’s living room – whether in LA, Dallas, or Salt Lake City – it was open to this page. Danny Garrett, the restoration artist for Princess April Morning-Glory will have more to say about this enchanting piece of artwork in his blog this week, so let’s return to last week’s letter Letitia had received from her attorney, Mr. Dennis O’Brien of New York City.

In last week’s letter Letitia and her father Robert Fairbanks received advice from her attorney Dennis O’Brien to ship the insured, original artwork to New York City to the Guaranty Trust Safety Deposit Company where it could be shown to prospective publishers.

Firemans Fund Ins Co Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks beginning May 8, 1941

Firemans Fund Ins Co Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks beginning May 8, 1941

So 72 years ago this week Letitia followed the advice of her attorney,

May 14, 1941 Behrendt-Levy Ins Agency cover letter for Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks for "Princess April Morning-Glory"

May 14, 1941 Behrendt-Levy Insurance Agency cover letter for Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks for “Princess April Morning-Glory”

rang up the Behrendt-Lévy Insurance Agency and bought a ‘Fine Arts Floater’ insurance policy from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, insuring the original artwork for $500 for one year beginning May 8, 1941.

In Robert’s response to Dennis, dated May 16, 1941 he notes the original Princess April Morning-Glory artwork is being shipped, insured, to Mr. James Alexander of the Guaranty Trust Safety Deposit Co, as per the suggestion of Dennis’ letter of the previous week.

Robert also talks about the ‘upset times’ and how that impinges on the possible future publication of Princess April Morning-Glory:

“Of course we realize that these upset times are not favorable for the undertaking of de luxe editions, however the Christmas trade might as it always has in past depressions, run to the success of expensive editions particularly because so few are available. So let’s hope.”

May 16, 1941 Letter from Robert Payne Fairbanks to attorney Dennis O'Brien concerning Letitia Fairbanks' "Princess April Morning-Glory"

May 16, 1941 Letter from Robert Payne Fairbanks to attorney Dennis O’Brien concerning Letitia Fairbanks’ “Princess April Morning-Glory”

No comment is made about the difficulty of the four or even five-color1 separation process that will be required to print the book. This was the Achilles’ heel of Princess April Morning-Glory for all these years, and was to be its undoing until the advent of personal computing, Photoshop, and a chivalrous artist willing to commit to restoring the original artwork.

Until next week, dear readers….

 

It would be five-color as CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) are the four, and the fifth is for the gold & silver foils.

 

 

 

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