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Catalog Number X1975.24.21 a-d
Title Illustrated Letter
Object Name Letter
Artist Clarke, John L. (1881-1970)
Dimensions H-4.125 L-9.5 inches
Medium Crayon/Colored Pencil/Graphite/Ink/Paper
Date 1942
Notes Three page illustrated letter (a-c). Page 1 is addressed to "P. Dukes" and reads "Well am going to write and I wish you would go elk hunting. Lot of elk come near my father's place. Last week I and fellow saw elk's tracks in the snow often (arrow) killed 2 elk (arrow)." At the top of this page is a colored pencil drawing of a woman working in an amunitions plant and gunners firing at bombers. Across the bottom of the page are hunters shooting at elk.

Page 2 reads "Miss at the elk. The rifle pull you down. I heard that you would come this Fall. I got some letters from Spokane at Defense air. I think I would be prison to work in defense plants until the war end about 5 to 10 years. but 7 days work all. Also you work. I heard that all beds are full in Seattle. I cant try to get room at Seattle if I work you would ask if boss give me job of drill press[.] We will find out, maybe teach the class this winter[.] We will move away this winter. A few days ago Howard was here for 4 days fishing with me. No good fishing. At the top of this page is a colored pencil drawing of a hunter shooting at two elk, but hitting a tree instead.

Page 3 continues " at the Ion Lake. We saw lot of fish jumping on the lake the evening (arrow) at Essex[.] Blain and I got 7 big bull trout (arrow)[.] Let me hear from you soon[.] I will write again, Sincerely Yours, John L. Clarke." At the top of this page is a graphite sketch of two people in a boat fishing. At the bottom of the page is a colored pencil drawing of two fisherman trying to hook a fish.

The letter (a) is illustrated with a pen and ink drawing of a bear and bear cub sitting next to a dead tree.

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