STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin St., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN
My Dear Earl Shank:-
Very many thanks for your extremely kind thought in sending me such a generous amount of vitamin tablets. I certainly appreciated your nice gesture & was delighted to get them, they really do help me a great deal. Thanks again.
Pleased to tell you I have improved a great deal, Dr. thinks I shall be in shape to work again about next April. Needless to tell you I am looking forward to getting back in harness once more - it sure has been a long road back, but am out of the Woods now & things look brighter Thank God.
Hope you have a wonderful New Year Earl, lots of good luck, good health & happiness.
LAUREL AND HARDY FEATURE PRODUCTIONS LETTERHEAD - TYPEWRITTEN
Mr. Gary Alexander,
Dear Gary Alexander:-
Thanks yours of the 4th.inst.
Appreciate very much your kind thought - will forward your nice letter to Mr Hardy who lives out in San Fernando Valley (Sherman Oaks or rather Van Nuys, which is same section)
I know He will wish to join in wishing you & yours a wonderful New Year, lots of good luck, good health & happiness in '56.
RUBBER STAMP - 1111 Franklin St., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN
I didn’t look at the Rose Parade—am allergic to roses!
Dear Betty [Healy]-
Thanks your nice letter 5th.inst.
Glad you and Wayne had a nice time - am sure you enjoyed it better than going to Bakersfield under those conditions - sounds awful - you always seem to be the victim of unlucky family affairs and situations. Anyway it's good that you didn't go this year & won't be so generous in the future.
We had dinner with Eda's Brother & Wife on Xmas - we took them to dinner New Year's Eve to "The Fox & Hound" (a restaurant near here) the food was wonderful - then we all came home and opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the New Year's Eve, we tuned in (TV) on big crowd at the Ambassador Hotel - they were all singing "lang Syne" so we felt we were in the party too & helped us to get in the spirit of things - so a good time was had!
Pleased to hear you've finished your book & hope it will be a success for you - lots of good luck Betty.
All for now. Eda joins in kind regards & again - Happy & Prosperous New Year to Wayne & self. Hope too the deal for the house goes through.
Bye & God Bless-
I didn't look at the Rose Parade - am allergic to roses!!!
NO LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN EXCERPT
Dear Nellie [Bushby],
Have 4 (television) films to make about old stories - never thought I would ever work again.
NO LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN
My Dear Trixie [Wyatt]-
Thanks yours 16th inst.
Sorry the package took too long to reach you - anyway we were happy to know it arrived safely & no damage to the doll, also that you were pleased with the choice.
Eda did'nt want to send one that might be similar to the ones you had, so am glad it was different.
Yes dear, we recd. the lovely handkerchiefs, but am surprised yow did'nt get my letter of thanks, which I wrote you just after Xmas - can't understand -if it was'nt delivered to you - it would been returned, anyway if it does come back I will send it on to you again. That's certainly strange - however - we were delighted with the package - many many thanks xx it was very sweet & generous, altho' you should'nt have sent so many (what do you want me to do? Blow my brains out!!)
A Gentleman is visiting here from Sunderland he is staying with his daughter & son in law who live in Long Beach (near Santa Monica) he called me on the phone and is coming to see me next Sunday afternoon. His name is George E. Masheder - he is a friend of Benny Barron's - maybe you know him? He goes back to Sunderland in March. Will write you more about it after I meet him.
Sorry to note you had a quiet Xmas due to the old Chap being ill - too bad he is in such a bad state, it will mean a lot of hard work for you having to take care of him - I guess there's not much can be done for him with that disease poor old chap. I imagine Dr. Levy was surprised to find out who you were.
Well all for now Trixie - Eda Joins in love & every good wish for a wonderful New Year - lots of good luck - health & happiness always.
Bye & God Bless.
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin St., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN
Thought for a while I’d never be able to walk again. It really was an awful experience.