GRAND HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Sheffield, England - HANDWRITTEN EXCERPT
Dear Mrs [Ellina Turner] Irwin,
Thanks for your letter. It was nice to hear from you & brings back a lot of nice memories. Will be delighted to see you and chat about the good old days.
Sorry your car didn't have enough luggage space - would have been delighted to give you the business.
ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Brighton, England - HANDWRITTEN EXCERPT
Dear Ellina [Turner] Irwin,
We had a nice trip to Brtighton. We stopped by and saw my sister Beatrice in Bottesford, Notts. (Bull Inn), a surprise visit for us both.
WESTMINSTER HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Rhyl, England - HANDWRITTEN EXCERPT
Dear Ellina [Turner] Irwin,
It will be nice to see you again when we play the Alhambra in Bradford.
THE BRADFORD ALHAMBRA PROGRAM - JULY 28, 1952
3, Buckingham Gate,
24th. July, 1952.
Stan Laurel, Esq.,
Delighted with the likeness of you both, which, in due course I shall hang in my special study, where it will always remind me of a couple of real nice blokes!
Sincerely hope you are having your usual big success and that you can find time to enjoy a "paddle" and that your feel will be so happy that they will sing with joy!!
Blanch joins me in sending love and best wishes, & Agnes (my Mother-in-law!)
MIDLAND HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Belfast, Ireland - HANDRWITTEN
My Dear Booth [Colman]-
Thanks for your welcome letters of the 12th. & 21st. inst. Can't tell you how delighted I am to know you are doing so well on TV. also re "Big Sky" success. That's wonderful. I feel very happy about it, & wish you continued success. I have always had great faith in you & felt you would in due course "GET THERE"!
Have had several accounts of the quake - it certainly was a bad one - I was in the '33 one, so know just how you felt, its a weird experience to go through. However - am glad to know you came through OK - it sure makes you feel small & insignificant - no matter how big you think you are, it really is frightening - even Dracula would be scared! Thanks for the new stamps - Eda got a big kick out of them. Don't think we will bother with offers on the Continent - don't think it's worth the time & trouble due to money exchange etc. so much Red Tape - plus no trust in them. Contracts & agreements mean nothing. The only way is to have them put up the cash in the States - otherwise you are at their mercy & they have very little of that.
They are still trying to arrange for us to stay for Palladium Pants but don’t think it's possible, so will probably return home end of Oct. I can do with a rest anyway. Will let you know what happens. Having another smash week here in Bradford - Terrific Bus. its really amazing! Pleased to note you are calling up the folks - just had letters from all.
Eda not feeling too good - more trouble with Tonsils - going to a Specialist this week. She sends her love & is happy to hear the good news of your success.
All for now Booth.
Bye & God Bless.
The 1933 Long Beach earthquake took place on March 10 and measured 6.4 causing an estimated $40 million dollars damage to buildings throughout Southern California. The 1952 Kern County earthquake occurred on July 21 and measured 7.3 causing an estimated $60 million dollars damage in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California.