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Excellent A plus , Journalism Investigation. I have searched over and over for The value of The Book Published by Maxton Publishers in New York, N.Y. There isnt a book appraiser online with any in stock. I noticed a little a Name written in The corner of the upper right inside the cover Richey at least thats what it looks like to me , Very Old inscription, very old book. My question is you mention sons were there any sons by that name? Also was Harry Elbaum affiliated with Maxton Publishers? Thank You.. Tina
Sorry I didn’t see your comment until now (March 10). I hope you check back and read this. Yes, Harry Elbaum, mentioned in the piece as the publisher who took a chance on re-printing the Rudolph poem for the general market, was the head of Maxton Publishers. That much I found in articles in the google news archives. I don’t know how long Maxton continued to publish the poem/book itself. I suspect that Robert May didn’t get a huge royality per sale since he had to go back to work in the late ’50s. I don’t know when Maxton closed and/or sold their publishing rights to another publisher. As for the name “Richey”–it isn’t a name I recognize. I only know one name, off the top of my head, of Robert May’s children, besides Barbara, mentioned in the piece. There is also a daughter, by his second wife, Virginia, who is also named Virginia. I could find more children’s names if I went back in old sources. But Richey is not ringing any bells at all.
Harry Elbaum, was indeed, Jewish, and the owner of Maxton Publishers (named for his wife Maxine Livingston). He was a “shirttail” cousin of mine. Harry died in 1976 and is buried in the Jewish cemetary in Plattsburgh, NY. I sure wish I had saved the 1st edition of Rudolph that I received as a gift from Harry and Maxine.
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