THE BURROUGHS FAMILY TRIBUTE SERIES
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Artist Nephew
STUDLEY OLDHAM BURROUGHS ~ Part 2
FAMILY CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
By Granddaughter, Jill Adams
Photo from the June Burroughs Thomas Collection
STUDLEY OLDHAM BURROUGHS
Daughter June ~ 1937
Daughter Beverley ~ 1937
June and Beverly
Anthony St., Ill.Dear Nelle:-
Dec. 31, 1945
Picture the quiet scene of the living room in a more or less (use your judgment) typical American home late Xmas afternoon, the gifts unwrapped, the room illuminated by the strings of lights (Westinghouse) from the Xmas tree. There is even the customary wreath in the window, slung together by the lord of the manor with evergreen boughs, wire, and cusswords.
Comes the voice of the inspiration of it all "How funny," she says, "how funny you didn't get a necktie from my Mother."
"Listen," I reply, "listen! The whole California delegation remembered us high, wide and handsome! Tie, and for shame!" said I. "Tsk, tsk!"
(Editors note: But Oh! how I lied! Oh, how I had needed, wanted, and looked forward to that one necktie. End of editors note.)
Scene two: Dec. 26, the birthday of an average citizen, one day younger than Christ. The doorbell. Aha! the belated Xmas gift from a business associate: A Necktie! Well, well, well -- halt! the doorbell. A special delivery from Quincy Michigan. A birthday present from the sister: ahaaa! two neckties!! Well, well, well and well!! What! the doorbell!!! From California! Sit still, my heart!! Wait, it can't be! But yes! Yes, it is!!! From the commisseur of all neckties! And from Bullocks! Three neckties! Hey! Marie!
I thank you. They are beautiful. The one I am now wearing (the one with the rather large pattern) tops them all in my estimation.
And this letter is neither an exaggeration nor a burlesque. I definitely needed neckties. Period
Add to that the feat of anybody on earth remembering my birthday on top of all the Xmas hullaballoo, and you may know I am always touched, be it only a stick of chewing gum.
All of us here send our best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 1946.
Burroughs family and friends looked forward each December
to Studley's remarkable personal Christmas cards.
Featured here are cards from 1937-1942
(click each card for full-screen images)
THE STUDLEY OLDHAM BURROUGHS TRIBUTE SERIES
Biography and Art
Family Christmas Memories
Part III: Danton 1978
The Final Years
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