One of a pair of recent illustration art finds, this large surviving original advertising pastel for Taystee Bread was created by the prolific female American illustrator and frequent pin-up artist Irene Patten. Irene and her sister Laurette Patten primarily worked as pin-up calendar artists, though they were adept at mainstream illustration as this work shows. This charming family scene is titled on the original brass presentation plaque Top O' The Mornin.' The image shows a young father cherishing a few moments with his newborn baby before he makes his way to work to provide for his growing family. Americana images such as this resonated with the Depression-era public and this style of advertising could be seen throughout the pages of The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Good Housekeeping and other mainstream American magazine titles. This original pastel is handsomely framed behind glass and ready to hang.