One of Barbara’s earliest letters, written the day after her sixth birthday. From Harold McCurdy’s “Barbara”:
Her first important correspondent was an elderly Swedish gentleman who restored antiques. They met in his shop in Providence when she was four. She was carrying a stuffed toy rabbit who had lost an eye. Mr. Obert took sympathetic notice and paused in his work on two ancient clocks to repair the deficiency in her rabbit. She was impressed. Not long afterwards she composed a story in Mr. Oberg’s honor, and signed it with her full name.
With thanks to Columbia University for the images. (And thank you Mr. Oberg for the butterflies in Farksolia’s banner, which he drew to Barbara’s specifications some years later for her Farksolia book project.)