Mama Snail learned that in order to receive the novel Abequiu postmark on this postcard, she had to take it to the Abiquiu post office. (If she just dropped it off at a regular mailbox, it would be circulated through Albuquerque instead.) She proudly documented her mission:The bearer of the sacred postmark stamp!
O’Keefe’s friend John Candelario (1916-1993) was a seventh-generation New Mexican, passionate about his state. Candelario honed his photography skills over two years while traveling throughout Northern New Mexico with Edward Weston. The Museum of New Mexico also says he, “became a millionaire at age 22, was the 1958 state chess master, an[d worked as an] FBI operative.” http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa67.htmAnother friend of O’Keefe’s, Maria Chabot (1913-2001) is best known as the organizer of the Indian Market in the Plaza in Santa Fe. The daughter of a British ambassador to Mexico, Chabot’s interesting history includes the roles of WPA photographer, general contractor in the building of O’Keefe’s Abiquiu home, and manager of the ranch and orchard of eminent Indian artifacts collector Mary Cabot Wheelwright.
Come back for more photographs from the Land of Enchantment tomorrow when I’ll share some favorites from a postcard book of historic Santa Fe.