by Kelley Smoot Garrett
When I look at this page, I’m always reminded of Letitia’s love of a man in uniform!
Yes, I know that might sound odd to modern ears, but remember that Letitia conceived, wrote, and illustrated Princess April Morning-Glory in 1940, a time of heightened sense of patriotism in America, as World War 2 loomed on the horizon. From a historical viewpoint, being a soldier meant being a servant of the King, and service to your liege provided honor to the one who served higher principals than their own. Certainly from being steeped in the cultural traditions of her aunt Mary Pickford and uncle Douglas Fairbanks allowed Letitia to view soldiers in this romantic light.
Within the context of the soldiers, there is also the theme of Prince Chivalry, the true love of the Lonely Princess. Chivalry was a virtue that was largely kept alive by the new medium of movies, especially those her uncle Douglas Fairbanks. In his lifetime, Douglas personified chivalry, in movies such as The Three Musketeers, The Mark of Zorro, The Black Pirate, The Iron Mask, and even in the Private Life of Don Juan. And of course these traits were passed down from father, to son, so that Douglas Fairbanks Jr was a most chivalrous, handsome, and delightful ‘Prince’ as we shall soon see.
Till next week, dear readers…