(Interesting fact about that second one: the card was sent to the famous Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley by a fan. The message on the back of the card, which can be found in the collection of the Indiana Historical Society, reads, "Dear Mr Riley I love your poems but I love the one to Santa Claus best. I wish you much happiness and successes for the future. My Grand Ma just died to. Wish you a Merry Christmas. Frederick Julian Werkhover 525 High St., Memphis, Tennessee.")
Anyway! I would have been remiss had I failed to post at least one Clapsaddle this year. And here it is! It occurs to me that the offhand comparison I made above is an apt one; I can very easily imagine Rockwell painting a scene very much like this, if not the Saturday Evening Post then for Bell Telephone, which was one of his commercial clients.
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