• Illustrator Norman Rockwell Thanks Knighted Editor

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    Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.

    From December 1928 until 1970, Randolph Edgar Haugan held the position of General Manager for Augsburg Publishing House. He was knighted by King Haakon VII of Norway during World War II for his service to American Relief for Norway, Inc. of which he was Minnesota state director. Haugan is most frequently associated with Christmas: an American Annual of Christmas Literature and Art which he initiated starting in 1931 and continued editing throughout the remainder of his career. This English language edition would succeed Jul i Vesterheimen, a Norwegian language Christmas annual previously published by Augsburg Publishing. Of the several Scandinavian-American Christmas annuals, these have generally been considered the most significant.

    One page, 7” x 10”, TLS on his letterhead, Arlington, VT, Feb. 14, 1950, to Haugan: “Thank you very much for sending me a copy of ‘Christmas.’

    “It was very kind of you to think of doing this for me and with all kind wishes, I am—


    “Norman Rockwell”

    Very nice bold signature in green ink. Comes with a magazine print of a Rockwell painting.

    Folds. Slightly irregular left margin, affecting nothing. A couple of creases in bottom right corner.

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