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CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer (1874-1965).
Typewritten Letter Signed ('Yours dentally / W') with autograph salutation ('Dearest Pamela') to Lady Lytton , 1 page 8vo (filing hole), 28 Hyde Park Gate, 1 March 1951. Ranging from proudly announcing American sales of his Christmas cards, talking of his dog, Rufus's cavorting with her dog, Puff, and admitting to being in great pain from toothache.
In the 1950s, Hallmark Cards introduced a series of Christmas cards featuring the work of contemporary artists. Churchill shared Hallmark's stable of artists with Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses.
'I send you some of the American Christmas cards of this year. They had a two million sale over there. As they reproduce in over a dozen colours, instead of our three or four, they get very good results. ...'
Lady Lytton, formerly Pamela Plowden, was one of several woman who had turned down a proposal from Churchill. Notwithstanding her refusal, they remained firm friends. She made one of the most perceptive remarks about Churchill:
'The first time you meet Winston you see all his faults, and the rest of your life you spend in discovering his virtues.'

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