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DavidC



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:43 pm    Post subject: eBay: Letter signed by Frank Lloyd Wright Reply with quote

Frank Lloyd Wright- Great Content TLS Signed in 1953


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DRN



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The resolution of the photo will not allow me to read the text of the letter but it would appear to be to a Miss Jenny Price? in B.C ( British Columbia) . I don’t recall seeing Wright sign his name with “Frank” in the 1950’s, particularly with that funky ‘K’. The stationary color seems off, and I’m not familiar with the logo and lettering configuration either.
I’d be suspicious.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1420 New York Avenue, Washington DC. Check the other inhabitants of the intersection ...

https://tinyurl.com/y6sw3u8q

If you mouse over the image it should enlarge nicely. If not, I took screen shots.

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DRN



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh... my iPhone doesn’t have the mouse over option. Still the K in Frank looks somehow not right. Typically, Wright was initialing letters FLLW at this point in time when not using his full signature in the correspondence I’ve seen.
Has anyone seen a signature like this on Taliesin correspondence?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Suddenly, my computer is saving my WC password. I'll take whatever they're handing out ...)

Letter looks iffy as to content and signature. As for the letterhead, I haven't checked with my sources, yet. But what happened to the big red square, upper left ?

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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=11649&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=stationery&start=15&sid=ba25ea5c192eab2cf12fc96223e8ee9c

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The address is about a block from the White House. What are we to make of that?

Was she a member of the Oklahoma Price family?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll ask Tulsa wunderkind Jeff Myers ...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For sale on Amazon, $5,000.00, including envelope mailed from Scottsdale in 1953:

https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Letter-Signed/dp/B00JCATNNE

I believe a portion of this version (on Taliesin West letterhead) is shown in the earlier WC thread referenced by SDR. Note the slight differences in wording. The linespacing on the Ebay offering is really wonky... and does the added "I miss our walks" ring true?

Jency Price Houser was a housing activist, poet, radio personality and investment advisor. She was also a registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. from 1952 until 1962.

If she was related to the Harold Price family, it must have been distantly. She was born in Virginia to Barrett J. and Martha Miller Price and died there in 2013.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa ! A different version of a note to the same recipient, with the same date, typed---with a different typewriter (see capital M)---on an alternate letterhead and signed in a radically different manner ? And both of these items are presently offered for sale, on separate sites ?

The Amazon enlargement option isn't working ...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Reidy



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The census finds someone by that name born in Virginia in 1922 and living in Michigan in 1940. So probably not an Oklahoman.
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jay



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like there was some ambivalence around the personal nature of Wright's interaction with this woman..? Was the one letter—which appears to be written on personal stationary, with a personal line "I miss our walks", a "sincerely yours" instead of just "sincerely", and the unusual personal signature of only his first name—discarded for the official letter?
(But if that were the case, why are both letters showing up at the same time?)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because they are likely forgeries.

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jay



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It almost seems too bizarre to be a forgery. And the syntax of the content does feel very Wright.... Granted, for the money they want, I suppose the forger ought to be clever.
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