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Carl Van Vechten

Autographed Letter

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Carl Van Vechten, (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964), original, vintage, autographed, hand written letter (ALS) accompanying by its original mailing envelope.

Van Vechten, the celebrated American writer and photographer, was the literary executor of Gertrude Stein and a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance movement. He captured iconic images of all the key members in the worlds of Art, Theater, Music, and Literature. Van Vechten viewed his photography as a hobby; he never took commissions, he never sold photographs. He would grant permission to publish them, but had strict requirements to do so. He was a prominent fixture in 20th century photography collections with his work being included in such institutions as The Library of Congress, The Museum of The City of New York and The Smithsonian Institution.

The signed letter, measuring approximately 7 x 9 inches and addressed to a "Phoebe" is signed "Carl Van Vechten" and dated April 17, 1924 on personal, hand made stationary. The inscription reads "Dear Phoebe, Yes, the review reached me and thought it was splendid. And don't worry about the quotation marks, worse things than that happen in books. I have no plans this summer except a usual mound of work. I have such endless tasks to complete but I do want to see your son. Please give my love to Hamilton & Elsa - with my lowest bow." It is accompanied by its original mailing envelope with canceled postage and wax seal on its verso. Both vintage items are in good condition with expected age wear and toning.

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