STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                Sept.??.'55.
Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
    Sorry dear so long in reply to you letters - fact is I have been ill & spent several weeks in hospital taking treatments for High blood pressure which had caused a slight stroke of my left arm & leg & was not allowed to attend to any correspondence however am back home again & feeling better able to get around a bit with a crutch. Dr. says I shall be back to normal again in a few weeks.
    I am of course very weak & taking exercises every day to get my strength back. Not much more to tell you dear - Eda sends love - she has had a trying time taking care of everything & is working hard. I will write you again soon.
Stan Signature

LAUREL AND HARDY FEATURE PRODUCTIONS LETTERHEAD - TYPEWRITTEN

                September 6th.'55.

Mr Earl E. Shank Jr.,
Hauser's Drug Store,
EMMITSBURG.MD.

Dear Earl Shank Jr.,
    So sorry the long delay in reply to your very nice letter of last April 26th. reason is, I took ill & went into hospital for several weeks & some of my mail got mislaid, & in clearing my desk this AM I just came across it. I am sure you will understand & excuse me.
    With pleasure I am enclosing you the photo you requested, & want you to know that we both deeply appreciate your kind sentiments - many many thanks.
    Pleased to tell you my health has greatly improved & hope to be in good shape soon now to make more films.
    Mr. Hardy joins in kind regards & best wishes,
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN

                Sept.16th.'55.
My Dear Earl Shank Jr.-
    Thank you for your kind letter & package of Pens & vitamins. It was indeed most gracious of you.
    Both Mr Hardy & I deeply appreciate your very nice thought & spirit - again our sincere thanks.
    We were delighted with the pens, (which in fact are one of our weaknesses) so it was a very pleasant surprise, & especially, we didn't have a "SNORKEL" among our collection.
    My personal thanks for the vitamins, I shall certainly try them as soon as I am through with my present supply.
    Note you have taken over the Drug Store, we both sincerely wish you good luck & lots of success in your new venture. Incidently - if you would care to have a large picture of L&H for display purpose - I shall be most happy to send one for you.
    Our Kind Regards & best wishes always -
Stan Laurel Signature

Note from the Editor

In 1952, Sheaffer introduced the “Snorkel” fountain pen line, equipped with a unique extensible filling tube that allowed the pen to be filled without immersing the tip in inkā€”the first truly "no wipe" pen that filled from a bottle. The “Snorkel” is recognized today as one of the most complex filling mechanisms ever made and is prized by collectors.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                Sept.??.'55.
Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
    Thank you Dear for your nice letter Aug. 29th. was pleased to hear from you - I should have written you before this, & intended to - but I have such a lot of unanswered mail that it seems I will never get started on it & every day more piles up on me. I think I shall finally have to get a secretary in for a few days to help me clear up this correspondence. Pleased to tell you I have improved a great deal & feeling pretty good, but am still very weak from the shock - I will be OK again as soon as I regain my strength.
Stan Signature

POSTCARD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN

                19-9-55.
Dear Jimmie Wiseman,
    Thanks your letter of enquiry regarding date of Birthdays.
    Mr. Hardy - Jan. 18th.
    S.L. - June 16th.
    Regards & Best,
                Sincerely -
Stan Laurel Signature

STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN

We appeared before the King and Queen in England in 1947., which of course was a great honour.

Stan Laurel

                Sept.22nd.'55.
Dear Earl Shank Jr.-
                Thanks yours 20th.inst.
I am mailing you under seperate cover a 11 x 14 Picture - thought this particular one might be of interest, as it was, as we appeared before the King & Queen in England in '47. which of course was a great honour & a memorable event in our career - we were playing in Paris at the time & returned to London specially for the one show needless to tell you, we were scared to death - it was quite an experience.
    By the way, it might interest you to know, that the ST. John Publishing Corp. 554, 5TH. AVE. NEW YORK 17 N.Y. are putting out a series of L&H comic books & are issued twice a month & I understand there is quite a demand for them on the news stands. a friend sent me one from Detroit - they are rather cute.
    Thanks for the invitation to visit you, shall be delighted if we happen to be around your section.
    Appreciate your Kind sentiments.
                Sincerely as Ever -
Stan Laurel Signature

STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                Sept.??.'55.
Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
    On TV. (BBC) Oct 9th. the "Water Rats" are putting on a show & we have been asked to make some film which will appear on the show (about 3 or 4 minutes) so you might possibly be seeing us again. We are going to try and Make it & ship it over - I think we can manage to do it on time.
Stan Signature

RUBBER STAMP - 1111 Franklin St., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN

I first appeared at the Old Maryland Theatre in 1912 with Charlie Chaplin in a show called “A Night In An English Music Hall.”

Stan Laurel

                Sept.30th.'55.
Dear Betty [Healy],
    I don't know if you take the L.A. Examiner or not, but this AM paper included a magazine - advertising "APPLE VALLEY." Thought you might like to have it, so am mailing it to you under seperate cover.
    Have thought about Wayne and yourself several times during these recent forest fires & hoping you wouldn't be in the danger area & suffer any damage. The fire Depts. certainly had a tough year.
    Pleased to tell you am coming along OK & able to get around much better, but not in condition to work yet, so don't think I shall attempt anything the rest of this year.
    Seeing Thomas' radio station picture in the magazine, was wondering how you were coming along with your Kiddies program - not hearing from you for a while, I imagined you might be busy working on it. Did you get the house finished yet? Charlie Rogers dropped in to see me a couple of days ago - he sends his best to you. He looks just the same as ever - he is doing very well, builds & rents stores & does some writing for TV here and there - he certainly has a lot of energy for his age.
    Well all for now Betty - Eda joins in all the best to Wayne & self - hope you are feeling good & taking care of yourself.
    As ever-
    Kind thoughts,
                Sincerely:-
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Charlie Rogers (1890-1956) wrote, directed and acted in a number of Laurel & Hardy shorts and features at Hal Roach Studios. He returned to 'punch up' the script for "Air Raid Wardens" at M-G-M in 1943.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                Sept.30th.'55.
Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
    No we are not coming to England. We made a bit of film here yesterday which will be put into the Water Rats show on Oct 9th. B.B.C. TV. - hope you get a chance to see it, so you can let us know how it turned out. We haven't seen it of course so don't know how it looks.
Stan Signature

LAUREL AND HARDY FEATURE PRODUCTIONS LETTERHEAD - TYPEWRITTEN

My Son-in-law Rand Brooks has just opened a Western Store. It is quite attractive and think he will do very well.

Stan Laurel

                September 30th.'55.

Earl E. Shank Jr.Esq.,
Emmitsburg Pharmacy,
EMMITSBURG.MD.

Dear Earl Shank Jr.;-
    Pleased to hear the picture arrived OK.
    Thanks for all your nice compliments.
    Yes, we had writers & gag men working with us during the making of our films & we used many suggestions that were offered by them, of course we adapted them to fit our own style of presentation, & very often we would create bits of business during the actual shooting, which came spontaneously & would enhance the scene.
    I am sorry, we do not participate in the sales of our pictures, nor do we get any percentage or revenue from TV, so am afraid you will have to purchase them through Roach's New York office. However, I greatly appreciate your kind thought in doing business with us, many thanks.
    What particular films did you have in mind? maybe I could help you in the selection, as some of the shorts were not as good as others, for instance, I would suggest "Busy Bodies" "The Ghost Ship" "County Hospital" "Any Old Port" etc, they were among our best popular ones.
    Well, all for now & thanks again for everything
    Regards & best.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature

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