Theodore Roosevelt’s picture letters to his children are quite famous. However, did you know that he didn’t stop writing them even after his children were all grown and adults themselves? This letter, probably from between 1915 and 1918 is pasted on one of the last pages of a scrapbook which belonged to Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, wife of Ted Roosevelt. I assume she is the annoyed sister-in-law who must wait for the “Hurrahs,” otherwise known as Kermit and Belle Roosevelt, to dash about and get ready so they don’t miss their train! I enjoy this letter as it gives a glimpse into Roosevelt family life and one wonders if Kermit and Belle being late was a perpetual family gag.
Picture Letter from Theodore Roosevelt, date unknown. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.