The word: Sandman

Page 40 – When Princess April returned

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Hollywood, California

Our restoration artist Danny Garrett has covered this page so beautifully in his blog post, that it’s hard to know just what to cover. 

The word: Sandman

“No more so, however, that the next picture of the “Sandman”. This image is rich in color and meaning. A face – almost a mask, really – sits beneath an unusually beautiful top piece. The face is floating among cosmic billows sparkling with stars, all executed in vibrant colors of purple, violet and teal.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

I’ll start with my impression that Letitia had drawn her illumination of the Sandman with the concept of the song, Mister Sandman. But as my husband doubtless knew, that song was not written by Pat Ballard until 1954, when it was famously recorded by the Chordettes. But the fairy tale character, Sandman, goes back quite a few centuries, and was in current use when Letitia wrote Princess April Morning-Glory.

The Sandman, as depicted in the 1933 short film, Lullaby Land

The Sandman, as depicted in the 1933 short film, Lullaby Land

For example, Walt Disney had used the character ‘Sandman’ in the 1933 animated short film Lullaby Land, part of the Silly Symphonies series, distributed by none other than United Artists, the company owned by Letitia’s uncle & aunt: Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As  always, Letitia greatly dressed-up and enhanced the semiotic meme tied to her illuminations, so that her Sandman is far nattier in sartorial splendor than his poor Disney animated cousin.

Till next week, dear readers…

 

 

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