On the verso is a printing of a poem: "The Gift" by Constance E Berkley. Enclosed is a 4-1/4 x 5-1/5 slip of paper, 5 lines of a typed message followed by 18 lines in Kent miniscule holograph. Kent explains that Sally was taken ill and so their Christmas activities were curtailed. In part, Kent writes: "We love you dearly, and with every passing day there comes to us the thought that we are one day nearer to that day in early May when we'll again be coming from the steamer into your waiting arms." This seems to be a rare image as I am unable to find a reproduction of it on line. Item #59608
Rockwell Kent (June 21, 1882 – March 13, 1971) was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, & writer.He is best known for his illustrations of Greenland and Alaska as well as his magnificent three volume illustrated edition of Moby Dick. In addition, Kent was involved with the progressive political movements of his time and actually ran for Congress in 1948 on the American Labor Party ticket. See Wikiedia for an extensive write up of his life. The image on the card is of a woman sitting in the wreck of a house, holding a baby in her arms next to a small Christmas tree and she is holding her arm out as if to hold off the explosion and the bombs that are falling around her.