Letter from Stan Laurel to Marie Hatfield
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                Sept.5th.'57.
Dear Mrs [Marie] Hatfield:-
                Thanks yours 3rd.inst.
Was terribly sorry to hear about Mr Hatfield's heart attack, am sure you must have been quite worried for a while. However, am very pleased to know that the rest has done him a lot of good & he is in condition to return to work.
    The upset conditions these days is a great strain on us all & is basicly the cause of so much illness going around, it seems to effect everyone, regardless of age - no flatter what business you're in, its just a rat race - a survival of the fittest, which keeps you on edge, & nervous tension.
    Hope you have a good time at the Fair - I have'nt been to one in years, the last one I think was in Holland in 1911, I worked there with a troupe of acrobatic comedians, we were called the 8 KOMIKS, we got little money but had a barrel of fun - those were happy days.
    Well, think thats all for now. Mrs Laurel, (Eda) joins in kind regards to you both & take good care of yourselves.
    Bye & good luck.
                Sincerely always:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.



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                SEPT.7th.'57.
Dear Larry:-
    Thank you for your nice letter just recd.
If your Father wishes to fly you out here, I shall indeed be pleased to see you, it will be my pleasure to meet you both.
    If you will kindly give me a call on arrival, I will give you directions on how to get out to my place. My phone number is:- Globe 68214. I am now living at the beach in MALIBU, its about 30 minutes drive from Santa Monica.
    Wishing you a pleasant trip to the Coast,
    My kind regards & best.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


NO LETTERHEAD - 25406-1/2 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                SEPT.14th.'57.
My Dear Earl [Manbeck]:-
    About the recorder, the tape can be used over & over again, so very economical in that dept. If a recording was made on this machine, you would have to play it back seperately with your silent picture, synchronized.
    I believe there is a type of film made with this kind of tape attached but you have to have a special projector to run it - just how it works I don't know, last year a couple of Kids from New jersey made a short film imitating L&H, & it was made in sound on this tape type film, but it didn't work on my machine (the sound).
    The salt air here doesn't seem to have any effects on the food, (bread etc). & so far no sense of dampness, but it does effect some metals, like the chrome work on the car for instance.
Stan Signature

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                SEPT.14th.'57.
My Dear Mr. [Bill] Jacobs:-
    Thank you for your nice letter of Aug.8th. I deeply appreciated your kind expression of sympathy over the death of my dear friend & partner Oliver.
    It was indeed a great loss - I shall muss him terribly after the many years of happy association.
    I remember very well your photographing us at the Palace Hotel during our visit to Southend - a happy memory.
    It was certainly nice of you to drop a line, I greatly value your friendly interest.
    Trust alls well & happy with you.
    My regards & best wishes always,
                Very sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Note from the Editor

Bill Jacobs was the resident photographer at the Palace Hotel in Southend on Sea, where Stan and Babe stayed aduring their appearance at the local Odeon in 1952. Five years later, after Oliver Hardy passed away, Bill wrote to Stan and received this letter.



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The passing of my dear friend and partner was indeed a sad loss. I shall miss him terribly after the many years of happy association.

Stan Laurel

                SEPT.18th.'57.
Dear Mr [Robert] Durden:-
    Thank you for your nice letter of 15th.inst. I appreciated very much your kind expression & sentiment.
    The passing of my dear friend & partner was indeed a sad loss. I shall miss him terribly after the many years of happy association.
    My deep thanks for your kindly interest Mr Durden.
    Regards & best wishes always.
                Very sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Am enclosing you a little picture - thought you might like to have it as a souvenir of many happy memories.




Stan Watermark