THE BLACKSTONE LETTERHEAD - Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL - HANDWRITTEN
We open at the Palace Theatre in Fort Wayne Ind. Dec. 31st. for a week. Then the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee Wis. Then the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. Not sure after that.
Dec. 18th. '41.
Anne [Breton] Dear-
Thanks so much for your kind letter. Glad you recd. the Photos O.K. also the hat - guess you have got the copy of "Jervis Bay" by now. It is sweet of you to go to all the trouble of getting a copy of the Fleet & I do appreciate it so much. We made an appearance here last night at the Stadium for Mayor Kelly's Xmas fund - 25,000 people. Show was seven hours long - they raised 275,000. Isn't that wonderful! We open at the Palace Theatre Fort Wayne Ind. Dec. 31st. for a week - then Riverside Theatre Milwaukee Wis. then the Oriental Theatre Chicago. Not sure after that.
Well Dear give my regards to your Mother & Dad.
Wish you all a merry merry Xmas & the Happiest of all New Years.
Kind thoughts always,
STAN LAUREL’S HAT - SENT TO ANN BRETON
This bowler hat—sent by Stan Laurel to Ann Breton in December 1941 after a stay at her family’s hotel in Antigua—was sold at Christie’s on November 23, 2011 for $40,871.
By Jimmy Fidler
On his return from the east, Stan Laurel will undergo a minor operation for removal of a chigger, picked up on his Caribbean tour, which has bored into his foot and caused an abscess.
—Los Angeles Times
(June 16, 1944)