OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                JULY.4th.'62.
Regarding data on my connection with the late Fred Karno, am not accurate on dates - I believe I first joined the troupe in 1909 at the Hippodrome, Hulme (Broadhead Tour) this company was referred to as the "Provincial Troupe" - we played a repertoire of sketches, "Mumming Birds," "Early Birds," "The Casuals," "Skating," "Smoking Concert," "The Wow-Wows," & "Jimmy the Fearless".
Stan Laurel Signature

Note from the Editor

Stan may suggest that he is “not accurate on dates” but he is “spot on” here. He joined Fred Karno’s troupe of actors the week of December 6, 1909.



Postcard from Stan Laurel to Bob and Marie Hatfield
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 4th.'62.
Thanks Marie & Bob [Hatfield] yours,29th.ult. Pleased to know your Hay Fever & Asthma got wise & left.! evidently you put the Indian sign on 'em.! did'nt want any part of that desert dept. Pleased to note your Mother is much improved - looks like you'll have to unpack that suitcase Marie.!
    Congratulations on your new 'Chevvy' wish you lots of pleasure & enjoyment out of it.
    Nothing new to tell you, so kindest & best from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 4th.'62.
Dear Frank [Buxton]:
    Thanks Edmund [Tester], card from Arlington, VA. - appreciate your kind remembrance, trust you fully enjoyed your semi vacation & business trip.
    Kindest & best to your Family.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan LSignature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 9th.'62.
Thanks Oral [Cloakey] yours, 7th.inst. (Had you recd. the 'Tintype's' OK. & will be displayed in & among your Crime associates 'Mug Shots’ & placques awarded you for good behaviour during your terms in ‘Sing Sing' - 'Alcatraz' & other highly regarded institutions, where you were held in high esteem.!
    Trust the findings in your checkup are found improved & encouraging, but nevertheless take it easy Lad. Hope too to see you in the near future Oral, I love those 'do you remember when' fests & we have plenty to recall.
    Have'nt been too well frankly tire easy - no energy - get so weak at times I feel like a fortnight.!
    Love & bestest to Thelma & kind self, from us both here;
                As ever:
Stan LSignature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 9th.'62.
Not sure if I acknowledged your nice Birthday greeting card [Gordon Dishington], in case I did'nt; My thanks for the kind remembrance & good wishes.
    Trust alls well & happy with you & yours,
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                JULY 10th.'62.
Dear Jean Mitchell:
    Thanks your very nice letter.
    I too enjoyed the little chat with you on the phone - pleased you finally decided to introduce yourself - your mention of Durham etc. brought back many happy memories of my school days in Bishop Auckland & the Tyneside area.
    Note the Stan Holloway record company prompted you to give me a call - strange thing, I had that record sent me recently (a birthday gift.) Have heard the record several times before, but never tire of hearing it again, especially my favorite "Albert & the Lion" - naturally being from Lancashire.
    I went to school in Tynemouth so am very familiar with the local beaches, Roker, Whitely, Cullercoats - remember 'Marsden Rock'? & the little ferry plying tween North & South Shields, it was in my time known as the 'Happney Dodger' - still running incidently - I took a crossing on it in '54 just for old times sake!
    Thanks again for your very nice letter - much appreciated.
    Wish you lots of success & happiness.
    Take care - God Bless.
                Sincerely always,
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Stanley Holloway (1890–1982) was a celebrated English stage and film actor, comedian and singer, famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen, especially that of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He was also renowned for his recordings of comic monologues and songs, which spanned throughout his seventy-year career.



Letter from Stan Laurel to Michael Woodward
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 12th.'62.
Dear Michael Woodward:
                Thanks yours 7th.inst.
Nice to hear from you again & to know alls well with you & yours. Note your change of address - wish you all lots of happiness in your new location & suroundings - Sounds like you're running a private 'Drive In' theatre - good spot for a hot-dog stand or ice cream concession - pleased to know you're getting so much pleasure out of your movie hobby.
    Again my kindest regards to you & yours.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                JULY 12th.'62.
Dear Mr & Mrs Short:
    Thanks your nice letter 9th.inst. The news report that I lost an eye is greatly exaggerated, I had a hemorrhage in my left eye a few months ago which slightly affected my vision, my Dr. advises me that in many of these cases nature restores the eye, some take longer than others. I still have sight, but of course its weak - anyway am not discouraged - if it was good enough for Lord Nelson, its quite good enough for me.!!!
    Again my regards & best.
    Take care - God Bless.
                As ever sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was the United Kingdom’s greatest admiral and naval hero. He lost the sight of his right eye in battle at Calvi, on the Corsican coast in 1793. But that didn’t hold him back. In 1805, he defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar in the greatest naval victory in British history.



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

                JULY 12th.'62.
Dear Timothy Dalton:
    Thanks your nice letter 10th.inst. Sorry I missed talking with you on the phone [during your visit in California] - unfortunately you called a bit early. Anyway, am pleased to hear from you & to know the old L&H films are still affording you so much pleasure - appreciate your kind sentiments.
    Glad you enjoyed the L&H book & found it interesting.
    With pleasure I am enclosing you an autographed picture - thank you for the request. (am returning herewith your 25¢ coin, there is no charge.)
    My kindest regards & every good wish.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

P.S. Have you seen the new L&H comic books? Check your nearest news dealer.


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

                JULY 12th.'62.
Dear Freddie Richards:
    Thanks your letter, recd. this AM. nice to hear from you again & to know alls well.
    Your idea of a L&H 'Pictorial' book (Stills from all our old films) sounds very interesting. I doubt if an L.P. recording from "This is your Life" would be possible - Ralph Edwards hold the 'RIGHTS' to this material - anyway, appreciate your kindly interest.
    Shall be pleased to autograph your copy of the L&H hardy book - will return it right away. Have you seen the new L&H comic books? the Aug-Oct. issue is now on the news stands (Published by Dell Co. N.Y.)
    Don't know if our Wax figures will be included in the Hollywood Museum or not - have'nt heard anything about this. However we are in a new wax museum which opened recently in Buena Park, Calif. (Folder encl.) am very disappointed with the likeness of me especially (face is too fat & double chin.)
    Bye Freddie.
    Take care - God Bless.
                As ever sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


VINTAGE MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM POSTCARD - BUENA PARK, CA
Movieland Wax Museum Postcard
Reverse of Postcard

LAUREL AND HARDY in “PERFECT DAY” (Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, California) The quality of humour that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy generated in their pictures is ageless. One understands their resigned frustration as in “PERFECT DAY” (1929) they perch on the old Model T’s running board—its radiator spouting steam—after having demolished the box office of the Bijou Theatre...entirely by unpremeditated accident, mind you!



POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

I used to drive occasionally in our films, but generally ‘I left the driving to Hardy’ (with my eyes closed!)

Stan Laurel

                JULY 14.'62.
Thanks George [Coleman] your letter 8th.inst. Congratulations of your 1926. model 'T' - am sure you'll still get a lot of service out of it for years to come - the older it gets the more valuable it is. Suggest you check wrecked car lots to locate a frame for canvas top - a Ford factory may be able to help you on this - if not, get yourself an umbrella when it rains.! I used to drive occasionally in our films, but generally "I left the Driving to Hardy" (with my eyes closed.!!) Re the large picture of L&H - Mr Mutoli I understand is away on vacation - check with Chuck McCann (same address) mention my name.! I do'nt visit beaches Geo. only go out to visit Dr once in a while. Pleased to know alls well & happy with you.
    Bye & God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

“I left the driving to Hardy,” is a reference to a 1960s advertising campaign for Hertz Rental Cras that used the tagline, “Leave the driving to us.”



Letter from Stan Laurel to Richard Sloan
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 16th.'62.
Dear Dick [Sloan]:
    Many thanks for tape covering the Jerry Lewis 'Tonight' show, Chuck McCann etc. Appreciate your kind gesture - a nice addition to the other tapes you kindly sent me.
    I thought Chuck did very well with his impersonations of L&H first time I'd seen him imitate me - He did Hardy sometime time ago with Tom Poston on the Steve Allen show - Steve sent me a kinescope copy of that Skit.
    All for now Dick.
    Take care - God Bless.
                as ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                JULY 18th.'62.
Dear Timothy Dalton:
    Thanks yours, 17th.inst. with enclosure of 15¢ in coins. I suggest you enquire at your local news dealer, drug store etc. regarding the L&H Comic Book or write direct to Dell Publishing Co. Inc., 750 Third Ave. New York. 17. NY. ask for a copy of the Larry Harmon - Laurel & Hardy comic book, issue August-October, or ask them the name of the dealer who handles this publication in Mansfield.
    Regarding buying some L&H films, drop a card to Blackhawk Films Co. Main St. Davenport, Ohio. they will send you a catalogue listing of L&H films in 8mm & 16mm, silent & sound. am sure you will find it interesting.
    Mrs Hardy has since re-married, her name now is Mrs Ben Price, the address in 12416, Weddington St. North Hollywood. Calif.
    Sorry, I have no picture of myself alone.
    Again my best wishes,
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

P.S. Am returning herewith your 15¢ in coins.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 20th.'62.
Thanks Bill your letter & stills & One Sheet.
    With pleasure, I autographed & have returned to you under seperate cover - trust they will reach you safely.
    Mrs L. joins in best to yourself & Family.
    Remember me kindly to Bob Dale.
    In haste.---
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Dean Kaner
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY.23rd.'62.
Thanks Dean [Kaner] your letter from Camp. Pleased to know you are having a nice vacation.
    Re your enquiry: I have been active professionally in show Bus. since 1906 till 1954. due to suffering a stroke I was forced into retirement - fortunately I made partial recovery, but not able to continue in my profession.
    Nice to hear from you again.
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Timothy Dalton
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY.25th.'62.
Thanks yours [Timothy Dalton], 23rd.inst. Regarding the animated cartoon series - the voices of Mr Hardy & myself are to be recorded by two other people - I understand these films will be released in the Fall.
    No, I do'nt make any personal appearances - I am retired permanently - Yes, I am Married.
    Shall be pleased to hear from you again occasionally.
    Again my best wishes.
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 25th.'62.
Thanks yours [Glenn Laxton], 21st.inst. nice to hear from you again & to know alls well. Yes I saw the "Tonight" show you mention - yes, I know Jerry Lewis quite well - have known the 3 Stooges for many years - do'nt know definitely what became of the original "Curley". The slapstick type of comedy will always be popular with the public if its presented in its proper form & by capable artists. Re your request for a picture, I have no new ones - only what I sent you already sometime ago, however, if you've mislaid that one, I shall be pleased to replace it.
    Again my regards & best wishes,
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Have you seen the Larry Harmon's "Laurel & Hardy" comic book? check your news dealer.

Moe Howard Remembered

I knew Stan Laurel very well since 1933 when we worked together at M.G.M. in a picture called Hollywood Party. He was indeed a very fine gentleman and an extremely talented one also. —September 24, 1966



POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 26th.'62.
Many thanks Ed [Tester] your welcome letter, L&H Comic book & Still of yourself ('Jazzbo Sword Trick')
    Trust alls going well & enjoying a happy & prosperous Season. - continued success.
    Love & kind thoughts to self & family,
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Marie Hatfield
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                JULY 27th.'62.
Thanks Marie [Hatfield] yours, 25th.inst. so sorry to hear of Bob's Father's accident - fully understand Bob not being able to visit with us during his trip here, realize he has a lot to do in making arrangements for his Dad & selling the property - certainly unfortunate for all concerned. Note the nice compliment paid me by Tenn. Ernie Ford - very gracious of him. Pleased to know you are all well in health.
    Regards & bestest from us both here to Mother, Self & the escrow Indian Bob.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991) was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Ford helmed his own primetime variety program, The Ford Show, which ran on NBC from 1956 to 1961.



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