The history of Lee & Lionel
The next move for King Lionel was very big. I had now constructed a Castle for the King. It was a very simple box made of thin plywood. I had the "arm hole" cut in the side and a table just the right height to make it comfortable for me. My elbow was now able to rest on the bottom of the castle. A cheap piece of artificial grass was spread underneath the castle and flowed to the floor.
A lovely lady who worked in "Traffic" named Ann Hanslip made a beautiful custom fitted robe or cape for the king. It had an ermine collar with pearls all around. The fabric was red velvet! (I understand that Ann lives in Seattle now and is widowed). This prompted me to become as you will see in the following photo...The Barber to the King! I am now wearing the smock with a large pair of scissors in my pocket. We are chatting up the "The Captain".
While in New York for the World's Fair, he invited me to be on his show. It was quite interesting and he was most easy to work with. He would not allow any kids in the studio in Tulsa or New York. He said he didn't want them to see the mechanics and destroy the illusion. My sentiments exactly. I rarely ever had kids in the studio. If I did, I waited till they left to un-arm Lionel! Stay tuned!