I painted you a letter

Russian-born artist Moses Soyer wrote a number of letters to his teenage sons; nearly all replete with fantastic illustrations as charming as those seen below. This particular work of art was sent to David in the late 1930s while he attended summer camp miles from home, and must’ve been a perfect remedy for homesickness. Similar letters from Soyer can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution’s truly incredible Archives of American Art.

See also: This is me.

Transcript follows.



Dear David,

That was a swell letter you wrote us. The illustrations were swell too. I guess that by the time you receive this letter you will have gone swimming. It’s getting very warm in the city.

There’s not much that’s new except the war. I can see by the papers that Dizzy Dean will try a pitching comeback. The Cincinatti Reds are in the lead so far. Tinkerbelle is still growing and so is Jester.

Are you getting your injections?

Puzzle Picture – Where is Jester

Love from Ida and Me.
Regards from Nat and Emma.

P.s. Am sending you the glove today.