[Dancing Carl] [Vee Lawnhurst & Tot Seymour]

"To my darling sweetheart...the sweet girl in the world to me" – Postcard Love Note

Charming vintage postcard photograph by Kline Photo [no place, no date] of one Dancing Carl shown in a dance pose with arms extended front and backwards, one leg bent, the other kicked back, his name printed within the negative, inscribed by him in blue ink with a lengthy inscription on both sides. The smitten Carl, writes in part [all sic] on the recto, "Frum [Dancing Carl] To my darling sweetheart...the sweet girl in the world to me"; and to the verso,  "honey hope you will like it / I will send you more that / if you want the....love you darling..." followed by the bulk of the lyrics to the 1934 Vee Lawnhurst & Tot Seymour song, "Accent on Youth," beginning "Why is the rose beginning to bud in Spring? / Why are the birds beginning to fly and sing? / And why have I this new sensation? / It's just the accent on youth! /Why do I year for kisses so fresh and so sweet?..."

We have been unable to learn anything about the charming subject and author of this postcard photograph. The quoted song was popularized by Duke Ellington and his orchestra in 1935 following the Sylvia Sidney and Herbert Marshall romantic comedy film “Accent On Youth” for which this #3 “Hit Parade” tune was written. Based on this and the image itself, we estimate the date of the photograph to ca. late 1930s.  Horizontal fold crease across top margin, spot of red to image just under his face (perhaps the remnant of a lipstick kiss?!), otherwise in very good condition.  3.25 x 5.25 inches (8.7 x 13.7 cm.). (19743)

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