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Norman Rockwell Writes a Fan Letter

“This is the second fan letter of my long career.”

So begins a great little 1948 missive from artist Norman Rockwell to illustrator Al Parker — now found on the fabulous site Letters of Note.

“While the rest of us are working kneedeep in a groove, you are forever changing and improving. You have brought more freshness, charm, and vitality to illustration than any other living illustrator.”

High praise.

Just who was Al Parker?  Here’s a blurb from Cosmopolitan magazine in 1952:

“Plays the drums for relaxation” — heh. A little touch of bohemian in Westport.

Here’s a Flickr page with more illustrations from Parker.

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