Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

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The Norsigian Conflict Provides Interesting Insights

Melinda received a short series of emails from the law firm retained by Rick Norsigian in his attempt to sell copies of the 64 photos he had purchased for $45.  from Irving and Lesa Schwartz of Fresno.  This provided valuable insights into the credulity of the public.  


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Ryan Sullivan 
[Attachments] May 26, 2010, 12:51 PM
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Ms. Pillsbury-Foster,

My name is Ryan Sullivan and I work for Peter Rubin & Simon, LLP. Through our consultancy firm, PRS Media Partners LLC, we are producing a documentary based on Rick Norsigian’s discovery of believed-to-be-lost Ansel Adam’s negatives. In the documentary, the film talks about other artists during that time period. The film briefly talks about Arthur C. Pillsbury, and we would like to include a photograph of him in the film. I have attached the proposed photograph to this email. To include this photograph in the documentary, we need your permission to do so. We are willing to afford to you any credit you may want, including recognition during the end credit roll.

If you want to talk more about this and come to a mutually-satisfactory agreement, please feel free to email or call me at the information provided below.

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Ryan

Ryan Sullivan
PETER RUBIN & SIMON, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA  90212
Direct:  310/432-0504
Office: 310/277-0010
Fax:    310/432-0599
www.prslawyers.com



















MP-F - I was astonished to hear Norsigian was claiming the negatives were by Ansel Adams.  Later, Rick would explain to me he wanted to leave some assets for his grandchildren and he had been persuaded he could make this stick.  Given what he had told me about his meeting with the Adams family this seemed to me to be very wishful thinking.  



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Ryan Sullivan 
Wed, May 26, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Ryan Sullivan 
[Attachments] Wed, May 26, 2010, 12:55 PM
to me
Ms. Pillsbury-Foster,

My name is Ryan Sullivan and I work for Peter Rubin & Simon, LLP. Through our consultancy firm, PRS Media Partners LLC, we are producing a documentary based on Rick Norsigian’s discovery of believed-to-be-lost Ansel Adam’s negatives. In the documentary, the film talks about other artists during that time period. The film briefly talks about Arthur C. Pillsbury, and we would like to include a photograph of him in the film. I have attached the proposed photograph to this email. To include this photograph in the documentary, we need your permission to do so. We are willing to afford to you any credit you may want, including recognition during the end credit roll.

If you want to talk more about this and come to a mutually-satisfactory agreement, please feel free to email or call me at the information provided below.

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Ryan

Ryan Sullivan
PETER RUBIN & SIMON, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA  90212
Direct:  310/432-0504
Office: 310/277-0010
Fax:    310/432-0599
www.prslawyers.com


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Melinda Pillsbury-Foster 
Sat, Jun 5, 2010, 7:24 PM
to Ryan
Dear Ryan, 

After you and I talked I did a Google search and found Rick Norsigian's site.  On the site is a letter from an expert in handwriting analysis, which I read with interest.  Afterward, I went into the inventory for AC's images and found the following, copied and pasted at the bottom of this email.  

My Aunt Grace was married in October, 1923.  The number in AC's catalog for the wedding photos include 7993.  I assume you passed on to your researchers the number of photographers with numeric systems in Yosemite at the time and they have talked to Leroy Radonovich.  

The Best Studio was immediately next door to the Pillsbury Studio.  

While both men were photographers in Yosemite the Pillsbury Studio was much larger and more prosperous and included a theater which seated 250 people and covered the footprint of the present Visitor's Center in Yosemite Village.   The Best Studio was small, as you see it today.  

The numbers below could be AC's from around 1923 - 1925, a time when Virginia was in the Valley immediately next door to the Pillsbury Studio.  

AC employed many young people in his studio over the years he was in the Valley and it is very possible Virginia was among those.  You might have your researchers check the profitability of the Best Studio during those years to ascertain if Virginia might have had extra time on her hands and so found such occasional employment attractive. As far as I know she did not go to college and was living in the Valley full time.  Additionally, they should check with collectors and see if those numbers match images, by AC, in circulation.  

Hope this is helpful.  Melinda 


GRACE SYLVIA (10) (Arthur Clarence, Harlin Henry) b. 26 Aug. 1900 in San Francisco, CA m. Arthur Young on 13 Oct. 1923 in Oakland, CA. Died 12 August 1979. Arthur, b. 2 Sept. 1896, died of cancer 4 July 1976. Children:

Clifford Ernest, b. in Berkeley, CA 2 Aug 1924.
Calvin Robert, b. in Berkeley, CA 27 Oct. 1928.

No. 7993 (Wedding picture for Grace Pillsbury, Bride, Groom Arthur Young and their
attendants. )
Norsigian Numbers 
8079 Valley from Artists point 
8082 Yosemite from river 
8090 Bridal Veil Falls 

No. 8188 “Cliff Cypress” Monterey

No. 8165 University of California from 1500 foot elevation
Post Card BACK AZO

No. 8206 “Sunbeams Among the Redwoods”
No. 8951 Half Dome, Yosemite, California
Post Card BACK AZO