• Frank Lloyd Wright & Carl Sandburg Signed Photograph,  1957

Frank Lloyd Wright & Carl Sandburg Signed Photograph, 1957

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Oblong 1957 photograph of the renowned American architect and the renowned American poet, both ex-Chicagoans and old friends, boldly signed by each in the lower blank margin. Original photograph by Art Siegel, 7 1/2 x 9". On verso, notations record the place each autograph was obtained: Sandburg's in Flat Rock, North Carolina and Wright's in Scottsdale, Arizona (January, 1958). A few areas of surface loss to the image which have been in-painted with dye, and an area of evident creasing or tearing repaired by a clumsily affixed small adhesive, light paper skinning on the lower edge, none of these faults affecting either of the signatures. Simply matted and framed under plexiglass. Signed photographs of Wright are very rare.

The image depicts these two great American originals as they met to appear together in 1957 on television's Omnibus, hosted by Alistair Cooke. They were old friends by this point, having met as young men in Oak Park, Illinois and had been close for nearly half a century. Around this time, they also participated together in a lively discussion, eventually published in Long Island's 'Newsday,' under the headline "Meeting of the Titans." That encounter concluded when the interviewer Alicia Patterson asked "What do you think of each other?" Wright spoke first: "I wouldn't have any one of my friends improved....I like Carl as he is." Sandburg answered: "I think I will [write] a Frankl Lloyd Wright poem and it will have music and it will have dimensions in it." When Wright asked: "Third dimensions?" Sandburg replied: "I will even suggest a fourth one."