Aug - Nov 1951. Archive Consisting of Two Typed Letters Signed, and One Postcard Signed from the period August 1951 â November 1951. (1) Typed Postcard Signed, âAnsel Adamsâ, August 7, 1951, one page, 5.5â X 3.25â, on printed âAnsel Adamsâ postcard, San Francisco, California, with unused printed âAnsel Adamsâ reply envelope. Addressed to âC.P.â [Chappie Packard]. Referring to the Portfolios in a previous letter, Adams writes, âDue to my fatherâs illness and other pressing matters it would be very helpful if you could pick the Portfolios up hereâ¦I suggest you call for them within this week; we do not know what will occur, and I may have to leave on a tripâ¦â Adamsâ mother had died March 22, 1950 with both Adamsâ father, Charlie [Charles Hitchcock Adams], and Ansel by her side. Adamsâ father never recovered from this loss, and died August 9, 1951, just two days after this postcard was written. Adams confessed in a letter to friends that he cried for the first time in his life when his father died. Light soiling and the usual folds; else fine condition. (2) Typed Letter Signed, âAnsel Adamsâ, November 5, 1951, one page, 8.5â X 11â, on printed âAnsel Adams Photographyâ stationery, San Francisco, California, with mailing envelope. Addressed to âChappie Packard.â Adams thanks Packard for selling the Portfolios, âI am delighted that you had the display of the Two Portfolios, and am naturally much pleased that you disposed of them. / I regret that I did not take the numbers of the Portfolios â I should have these for my records â and the names of the purchasers as well â if possible and convenient for you to obtain them for me.â Adams tells Packard of an upcoming housewarming he will be invited to at his renovated âstudio-residence." ââ¦I would take great pleasure is [sic] having you come over and see all the prints I have available. Unfortunately, my printing has suffered â in quantity especially â over the past several years, and I do not have too much to show. Most of my best work just was shipped off to the Art Institute of Chicago for an exhibit opening there November 15th. It then goes on to George Eastman House in Rochester. But I hope to get into the routine of creative printing soon!â Light toning and soiling to envelope, else fine condition with no tears. Letter is in very fine condition. (3) Typed Letter Signed, âAnsel Adamsâ, November 14, 1951, one page, 8.5â X 11â, on printed âAnsel Adams Photographyâ stationery, San Francisco, California, with unmatched mailing envelope to âMr. H.C. Packardâ, postdated March 4, 1950. An insightful letter from Ansel Adams as he admits he has difficulty promoting and selling his own work. He invites Chappie Packard to âthink aboutâ a relationship where Adams would create prints and photographs and Packard would be the âcreative agentâ to promote and sell them. In part, ââ¦it seems that if you display prints, and can sell them, that you evidence a very considerable potential for service! And, of course, I infer that you should benefit thereby, tooâ¦We desperately need someone hereabouts to take up the task of encouraging people to purchase original prints and Portfoliosâ¦it is..the need for a dynamic approach â¦I guess I mean a type of âcreative agentââ¦my bottleneck is entirely within the âsalesâ (promotional) sphereâ¦I am sure it would be a satisfying and profitable venture. Think about itâ¦â According to author Mary Alinder in her biography of Adams, âMoney had always been Anselâs Achillesâ heel, and he had to scramble for it most of his life.â Light soiling and ragged upped edge to envelope. Typed Letter has the usual folds, else very fine condition. During the Depression, the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) hired photographers to document American rural life. In the 1930âs, Dorothea Lange was an F.S.A. photographer and Ansel Adams printed her photographs for her while she was out in the field in order to get feedback before they were sent to Washington, D.C. Chappie Packard worked in the California regional office of the F.S.A. during that time, so this may have been how the relationship between Packard and Adams began (Inventory #: 56142)
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