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Catalog Number X1960.15.01 a-b
Title BATHING SUITS ARE TRUTHFUL
Object Name Letter, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-8 W-5 inches
Medium Watercolor/Pen/Ink
Date 1920
Notes Two-page letter on CMR stationery to Jim Hobbins. An illustration across top depicts Russell at the seashore. He wears a brown, two-piece bathing suit and has right thumb raised, pointing back over his shoulder at other people who are similarly attired. Seagulls fly overhead.

The letter is dated Feb. 26, 1920, and reads: "Friend Jim, aney time you ore any of your He ore She friends start thinking your loosing the beauty lines that youth gave you come to Long Beach and youl feel better / nobodys bared / clothing is made to hide ore lye but bathing suits are truth full[.] / for sevral years old dad time has been handing me things I didnt want an I aint been thankfull for his favors[.] but since I took a look at Long Beach I think the Old Gents been Dam good to me[.] / We are camped now in a bunglow at Pasedena among flowers and palm trees that have been here long enough not to mind the cold ore mabe the flowers are like the native sons they wont ad mit it[.] A California real estate man can stand more cold without humping his back than aney humans I ever knew[.] / its warem enouth when the sun shines but when the sky wares scatering clouds and the sun plays peek a boo its like having chills and feaver[.] / well Jim I close for this time[.] / thanking you for all the kind things you have done for us[.] / with best wishes from us boath / to you all I am your friend / CM Russell / 866 Chestor av north / Padadena / Cal"
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