Norman Rockwell archive including two signed Rockwell letters, Rockwell signed print of "Grandfather Wheeling Baby", and Rockwell addressed envelopes among other items. Archive relates to John (Jack) Alexander Rogers, son of the gentleman who modeled for the Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) "Grandfather Wheeling Baby" Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company advertisement published in the Saturday Evening Post, July 27, 1962. Mass Mutual was a major Rockwell advertiser of Rockwell during the 1950's and the early 1960's. Lot features two handwritten letters from Rockwell to Rogers about his father's participation in the advertisement. 1st letter –Rockwell acknowledges and fulfills the recipient's request for a photograph of his father and suggests the possibility of contacting the original photographer Bill Acorill about obtaining larger prints, 6.125" x 8.875". 2nd letter — Rockwell states that Mass Mutual has sent Rockwell two prints of the advertisement, one pen signed "sincerely Norman Rockwell". 6.125" x 8.875". Both letters, an illustrated greeting card from Mollie and Norman Rockwell (5.25" H), the photograph (3.25" H), the prints (11" H), and a copy of the original magazine advertisement were sent to Rodgers by Rockwell in two handwritten envelopes, one large (12" H) and one small (8" H), with post marks and stamps dating circa 1963. A copy of the Fall-Winter 1993 catalog for the Norman Rockwell Museum and two newspapers clippings of a 1978 article related to the collection and value of signed Rockwell prints included in lot. Provenance: descendent of John Alexander Rogers. Condition: All items in overall good condition. Overall toning on signed print with a lighter ghost pattern to lower left corner, possibly from the photograph, and light water stains on bottom.
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