[ Ern Shaw, British cartoonist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ern.') to 'Dear Marcus' [ the photographer Marcus Adams ]

Ern Shaw (1891-1986), cartoonist and illustrator from Hull, Yorkshire [ Marcus Adams (1875-1959)), children's photographer, patronised by the British Royal Family ]
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On his letterhead, Hassall House, 29 West End Road, Cottingham, Hull. 4 January 1954.
SKU: 18129

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. He is enclosing 'Squeaker Toys', which are 'a few of a large series which I designed for a toy Firm'. He thinks they may assist Adams 'to get interesting "expressions" on the faces of some of your less sophisticated sitters!' He concludes: 'They would be a variation of the old request to "Watch for the dickey bird."' Adams was Britain's foremost children's photographer, patronised by the Royal Family, and was famed for his Dover Street studio disguised as a children's playroom, complete with toys. Shaw was subject of an exhibtiion ('Ern Shaw (1891-1986): The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up') at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, in 2010. From the Adams family archive.