Note from Sam Wagstaff to Anne MacDonald, from when they first became acquainted at the Detroit Institute of Arts, October 1, 1971.

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“I love hobnobbing with the rich, on those rare occasions when they’re speaking to me”

Excerpt from October 1st, 1971 letter.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Photo of Sam Wagstaff and Anne Walker around 1971 (digital only, not included with letter)
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