STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                AUGUST 4th.1960.
Dear Johnnie [Municino]:
    Interesting to know you met Charlie Chaplin Jr. I met him last when he was just a kid also his brother Sidney - I saw him on the Sullivan show - thought he did very well indeed. Sorry to hear about his experience with the Hoodlums, must have been pretty frightening - this delinquent situation is really appalling.
    Regarding that book you read in the library about L&H - I did'nt know such a book had been published.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Herb Read
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                AUGUST 8th.1960.
Dear 'Herb' Read:
    Thanks yours,4th.inst. with enclosure of snapshot of yourself & some other guy.! you sure run into strange looking people in you travels.!
    I too enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you Herb - only sorry your visit was so brief. Anyway, hope next time you come to the Coast you will have more time to spare for another get-to-gether.
    I intend to make a tape recording of "Max Miller at the Met" so will make an extra copy for you - if you have'nt a machine to play it back, no doubt you could borrow one.
    Mrs L. joins in regards & best.
    Cheerio & God Bless.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Max Miller (1894–1963), the “Cheeky Chappie”, was a 1930s English music hall comedian known for risqué jokes and gaudy suits.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                AUGUST 10th.1960.
Dear Louise McKELLIP:
    Thank you for your nice letter & good wishes - I appreciated your kind thought & sentiments.
    Happy to tell you that the report of my illness was not true - on the contrary my health is quite good - I do'nt know why these reporters make such statements without first checking the facts. ANyway again my thanks for your kindly interest & concern.
    Interestng to know your Grandmother was born in Glasgow. I was raised & went to school there (Queen's Park & R'uglen) my Dad owned the old Metropole theatre on Stockwell St. (Nr. Gorbal's Cross, & bridge over the Clyde) she probably remembers it. I first came to this Country in 1910, in a show with Charlie Chaplin - does'nt seem possible that was exactly 50 years ago.
    Pleased to know you're still enjoying the old Laurel & Hardy films on TV & bring back happy memories to you.
    Am enclosing you a little picture, thought you might like to have one as a souvenir of those happy days.
    My warmest regards & every good wish to your Grandma & self.
    Cheerio & God Bless.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                AUGUST 17th.1960.
My Dear Ben [Shipman]:
    Enclosed, statement for roofing job which I have endorsed for payment.
    Eda saw the roof yesterday - very pleased with it (Garage too). Am getting some bids on the paint job, will keep you advised.
    Thanks Ben.
    Regards & Best,
                As ever:
Stan Signature

ROOFING STATEMENT ENCLOSURE - AUGUST 17, 1960
Roofing Statement Enclosure


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Pleased to tell you the report of my illness was not true. On the contrary, my health is quite good. I don’t know where these columnists get such false information.

Stan Laurel

                AUGUST 20th.1960.
Dear Clifford Barrett:
    Thank you for your very nice letter - I appreciated very much your kind thoughts & sentiments.
    Pleased to tell you the report of my illness was not true - on the contrary, my health is quite good. I do'nt know where these columnists get such false information - even the address was wrong. I have'nt lived in Malibu for nearly three years. Anyway, again my thanks for your kind wishes as graciously expressed.
    Thanks also for the Card you sent me - hope you had an enjoyable trip.
    Am happy to know the old L&H films have afforded you so much pleasure thru the years & am enclosing a picture each for your nephew and niece - thought they might like to have one as a keepsake.
    My kindest regards & every good wish -
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                AUGUST 23rd.1960.
My Dear Al [Kilgore]:-
    Many thanks for your charming letter and the magnificent caricatures of Babe & me. Only wish I were able to express fully my deep appreciation for your gracious gesture. Believe me, I was really touched when I read your letter, so beautifully expressed. Again, my humble thanks for your courtesy and those sentiments.
    The drawing is wonderful, Al. A work of art. I naturally have seen many of them through the years, but none to compare to this. I can't tell you how thrilled I am. Many of my friends have great admiration for your work - they are delighted. Am having a special frame made for it and will treasure and cherish it as long as I live.
    All for now, Al.
    My warmest regards & every good wish to your kind self and family.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature

ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF STAN AND OLLIE - AUGUST 23, 1960
Al Kilgore Portraits
Note from the Editor

Artist Al Kilgore was also responsible for designing the “coat of arms” for the Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society of which he was one of the founding members.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

I am English. I came to this Country in 1910 in a show with Charlie Chaplin. Doesn’t seem possible that was 50 years ago!

Stan Laurel

                AUGUST 24th.1960.
Dear Edmund [Tester]:
                Thanks your letter recd. this AM.
Pleased to note you got the picture OK. Thanks for the snapshot of your Son & friend in the L&H outfits - a very good resemblance, your son is quite a big boy is'nt he? Hardy weighed over 300lbs, a year before he died, he was 360lbs - the Dr advised him to reduce, I think this was the cause of his final illness, & ended up weighing 130lbs. a sad sight believe me, you would never have recognized him.
    Note you tried to reach us several times - I assure you the letters were not recd. by us, otherwise they would have been acknowledged - too bad you did'nt send them C/O the Screen Actors Guild as they forward them to the home address of the members. Anyway, you finally made it, even tho' you were misdirected by a columnist.
    Yes, I am English & Hardy came from Georgia - I came to this Country in 1910 in a show with Charlie Chaplin - does'nt seem possible that was 50 years ago - thats a lot of 'Tempus Fugit's.!! After Charlie left the show to join the Mack Sennett outfit in 1913, I continued in vaudeville, doing various acts till 1917, then I started in the film business - I made around 40 films, but was'nt too successful, so I quit being a comic & became a director at the Hal Roach Studios, & through this I met Hardy & later we became a team, its a long story, but is told in a book we have coming out next January, published by Doubleday Co. titled "MR LAUREL & MR HARDY" it covers our career & incidents responsible for bringing us together.
    Incidently, the book was written by a Professor John McCabe at the N.Y. University.
    Your mention in regard to there being so few clowns around today - trouble is, there is no opportunity for the younger generation to gain experience - no place to even get started, all there is, is Night Clubs & TV - the Circus & vaudeville business has practically gone, plus many of the good 'old timers' who could have given their knowledge & training to the new kids - am afraid its a lost Art, Edmund. Unfortunately, many of the kids today do'nt take clowning seriously - they think there's nothing to it - all there is to do is to put on a clown make up & people will go into hysterics - they do'nt realise it requires knowledge & skill to be a comic. I've always felt there's an art in whatever you do - no matter what it is, it can be done better if you make a study of it.
    Please don't hesitate to correspond with me Edmund, I'll enjoy hearing from you any old time. Hope you're having a successful season & all well & happy.
    Cheerio & God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

“Tempus fugit” is a Latin expression meaning “time flees,” more commonly translated as “time flies.”



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                August 30th.1960.
I'm in pretty good health, Mel [Heimer], and have no distress financially, and can't understand why other columnists have made such statements. One little girl sent me a dollar out of her weekly allowance.
Stan Laurel Signature

Stan Laurel Will Never Act Again

Stan Laurel, who with his late partner, Oliver (Babe) Hardy, made a series of film comedies that won them international renown, now lives here quietly on the ocean front.
    He is 70 and suffered a stroke five years ago, but by determination has fought back to the point where he is able to walk without a stick.
    “I am doing all right and don’t need help from anyone”, Laurel said in an interview. “I have enough for my wife (Ida Kitaeva, his fourth) and I do live on from an annuity I took out in my big earning days. We also have rental income from a big home I gave up to move into a hotel.
    “I must admit, though, that as a result of the stroke, I will never be able to act again. I just don’t have the strength, and I’m also a diabetic.”
    “Laurel enjoys answering letters he receives from fans in many countries and he is a doting grandfather to Laurel, 9, and Randy, 8, the children of his daughter, Mrs. Lois Brooks.

—The Daily Gleaner
    August 26, 1960

Stan Watermark