NP: NP, n/d. 1. Portrait photograph in b/w (7 1/2 x 9") of Thomas Mann, signed and inscribed in ink to the German actor and writer Hans Rastede: "Hans Rastede, der die Amerikaner Deutsch lehrt, von einem, der die Deutschen Deutsch zu lehren versucht. Pacif. Palisades, Weihnacht 1925 Thomas Mann. (Hans Rastede, who teaches the Americans German, from somebody who tries to teach the Germans German, Pacific Palisades, Christmas 1925)."
Hans Rastede was known for his role in the 1934 movie "Das alte Recht," lauding the virtues of the "Erbhofgesetz," a law that decreed that the oldest son in a farming family would inherit the farm. Rastede also is credited as the playwright for the 1934 Broadway production "Tomorrow's Harvest."
An penciled word (Gaulich, gunlich, junlich) in the right corner under the photograph maybe the name of the photographer though we have not been able to identify her/him.
2. B/w photograph (6 1/2 x 4 1/2") of Thomas and his wife Katia Mann in front of their home in Pacific Palisades, inscribed in ink by Thomas Mann: "Katia und Thomas Mann ihrem Freunde und fellow - traveller Hans Rastede, mit herzlichem Gruss (Katia and Thomas Mann to their friend and fellow traveller Hans Rastede, with heartfelt greetings).
Both photographs matted and framed behind glass by Gallery 100 Princeton, N.J. Stamped on gallery label on verso "Mar 11 1976." Photographs and frames in fine condition. Item #21901