Postcard from Stan Laurel - December 2, 1963
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                Dec.2nd.'63.
Thanks yours, 18th.ult. Re the animated cartoons - I understand they are to be syndicated. No, Chas. Chaplin never worked at the Hal Roach Studio.
    "Perfect Day" film was originally a two reel (early sound).
                Sincerely.
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.



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

                DEC.2nd.'63.
Thanks Tom [Sefton] your note & books which I autographed & already returned via Parcel Post. Much appreciated - trust alls well with you & Family -
    my kindest & besets to you all.
                As always:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                DEC.6th.'63.
Dear Friends [Mr. & Mrs. Short]:
                Thanks your kind letter,29th.ult.
The tragic death of our beloved president Kennedy was indeed a sad & sickening shock - a great great loss to the U.S.A. & the Whole World in fact - why all this HATE in the world today? Its incredible and frightening - Mrs L. joins in wishing you both a very merry Xmas, continued good health, success & happiness in '64.
    Take care - God Bless you -
                As always sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD PHOTOS - DECEMBER 1963
Screen Actors Guild Award


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

                Dec.7th.'63.
Thanks Ron [Maher], your letter just recd. this AM. that is unusual to run "Toyland" film three times - especially being such an oldie - it does of course have a Xmas spirit which appeals to the kids.
    Incidently, wish you a very Merry Yuletide, continued good health, success & happiness in '64.
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

The shock of the tragic death of J.F.K. upset me very much - a sad and sickening affair. A terrible thing to happen to such a wonderful president.

Stan Laurel

                DEC.9th.'63.
Dear Bob [Stowell]:
    Sorry delay in acknowledging your last letter - have'nt been feeling to good, so neglected my correspondence & too the shock of the tragic death of J.F.K. upset me very much - a sad & sickening affair - a terrible thing to happen to such a wonderful president - -
    That English TV Tape invention sounds interesting - amazingly cheap is'nt it?.
    My heartiest congratulations to Mrs Stowell & self, wish you all many years of happiness with your Son & Heir - am sure you are both very thrilled.
    The name of the chap that impersonates Hardy is Henry Calvin, he does closely resemble Hardy in mannerisms but not to much in facial likeness.
    Don't bother with any song recordings - am not familiar with the artistes you mention outside of course the late Al Jolson - I would like to have a couple of his song hits "California here I come' 'You Made me Love you' etc.
    Not much else so I'll take this opportunity to wish you & family, a very Merry Xmas, continued good health, success, happiness & a prosperous 1964.
    As always:
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

In 1963, Philips introduced their EL3400 1" helical scan video tape recorder aimed at the business and domestic user. It is generally considered the first home video recorder.



AL JOLSON - "CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME" - 1924



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

                Dec.16th.'63.
Thanks Arthur [Westwood] for yours just recd. Pleased to hear from you & to know you returned home safe & sound, & alls well. I too wish you & yours a very Merry Xmas, continued good health, success & happiness in '64.
    Enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you during your visit to the U.S.A. - hope you had a happy trip.
    My kindest & bestest -
                as always -
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                Dec.23rd.'63.
Thanks Howie & Jean [Mann] your kind remembrance - we here too wish you all a very merry Xmas, good health & a happy Prosperous 1964. Trust by now you are all well again - the tragic death of our beloved J.F.K. was a sad & sickening affair.
    Take care - good luck - God Bless.
                As always -
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Frank Buxton
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.23rd.'63.
Dear Frank [Buxton] & Elizabeth:
                Thanks yours,16th.inst.
We here too wish you both a very Merry Xmas, continued good health & a Happy prosperous 1964.
    Wish I'd known you were going to visit London, Eng. would have sent you a letter of introduction to a good friend of mine (Bernard Delfont) a prominent Theatrical producer - Palladium, Garrick Theatre, "Talk of the Town" Theatre restaurant - many shows etc. etc. 'Prince of Wales' - you would have been royally entertained - anyway, glad you enjoyed the trip, even walking around the Tower with Chaplin's 'Ead tucked underneath yer arm.!! "City Lights" I think was his finest work - a classic. Happy to know alls going well with your "Discovery" activities.
    Nothing much new here, everything with me is as usual, except, I just recd. the Screen Actors Guild Honorary Award for '63. Eddie Cantor recd. one last year - quite a pleasant surprise, so unexpected, I was of course not able to attend the Annual Dinner at the Beverly Hilton, so again Danny Kaye accepted for me, looks like its getting to be a habit (he accepted my 'Oscar'!)
    Again my kindest & bestest -
    God Bless.
                As always:
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Charlie Chaplin dusted off his Tramp character for his return to pictures (after becoming one of the silent film era’s biggest stars) in his first sound film, City Lights, released in 1931. He played the Tramp one last time in 1936’s Modern Times.



PHOTO ENCLOSURE - DECEMBER 23, 1963
Stan Laurel Autographed Photo


WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM

DEC 24 PM 63 Profile

MR AND MRS TOM SEFTON
3910 HENRY ST SANDIEGO CALIF

HERE WE GO AGAIN TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEALTHY 1964 GOD BLESS YOU

EDA AND STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.27th.'63.
Dear Neil MacKay:
                Thanks yours, 16th,inst.
Nice to hear from you & to know the old L&H films are still affording you & your family so much pleasure - appreciate very much your kind sentiments so warmly expressed -
    Wish you all a very happy, healthy & prosperous New Year -
    My kindest & bestest,
                As always - Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


NEW ZEALAND PICTORIAL CALENDAR - 1964 - MT. SEFTON PICTURED

                DEC.28th.'63.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
    NOTE FIRST PICTURE - "MOUNT SEFTON".!!
    Many thanks for the lovely plant (Poinsettia) much appreciated.
    Kindest & besets from us both here -
                as always: Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.28th.'63.
Dear Louis Sabini:
    Many thanks for the nice card with enclosure. I too wish you a very Happy, Healthy & prosperous 1964.
    I deeply appreciate your kind & generous gesture Louis, but am returning the bill ($1.00.) I do'nt smoke.!! it was very sweet & thoughtful of you.
    Again my thanks & bestest to you & yours,
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely always - Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.30th.'63.
Dear Dave & Joyce McLean:
    Many thanks for your nice letter & gift package - certainly very sweet of you both to go to all that work & trouble - the sad news is I am diabetic.!! however, rest assured that Mrs Laurel & friends will full enjoy these lovely cookies & am sure I'm going to have to make a great effort to avoid sampling them. Again thanks for your kind thought - fully appreciated.
    Mrs L. joins in wishing you all a wonderful New Year, good health, happiness & a prosperous 1964.
    My love & bestest to Doug & Jim -
    Very Sincerely -
                as always - Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.30th.'63.
Dear Gerard Stigter:
                Thanks yours, 2nd.inst.
No I did'nt hear about Warehouse (Book Storage) had been burnt down - I assume this loss was covered by insurance. If you still wish to have a copy of the L&H book, I suggest you write to Museum Press Ltd. 26, Old Brompton Road, London, S.W.7. England - or Foyle's Book Co. 119-25, Charing Cross Road, London. W.C.2. Eng.
    Interesting re your friend from Ghana, I get a great deal of Fan Mail from that area, understand our old films are very popular with the younger generation.
    Re "Laughing Gravy" "The Chimp" "Angora Love" being similar, these were not made by intent ('Gravy' was made in 1931, 'Chimp' in '32. & 'Angora' in 1929. & all entirely different plots.)
    You are mistaken re Mae Busch - she died many years ago - (I think in 1940).
    Wish you & yours a very Happy New Year, good health & success.
    My kindest & best -
                as always - Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Mae Busch, who appeared in many Laurel and Hardy comedies where she frequently played Hardy's wife, died in 1946.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.30th.'63.
Dear Glenn Laxton:
                Thanks yours, 22nd inst. just recd.
Yes I am familiar with "Screen Thrills" Magazine & the articles on L&H for sometime now.
    The plans for a L&H LIFE Story - I imagine has been discarded - I assume the difficulty was Story & Casting - both situations pretty difficult.
    Note you graduate in 6 months time - wish you lots of good luck & a very successful future career - if you should decide to visit Southern Calif. I shall of course be pleased to meet you personally - did'nt realise we have corresponded for six years now.
    No, Ron Klugman did'nt mention in his recent letters that you had done another L&H TV show - Rand Brooks is now in the production field - has just completed a couple of 'Pilot' films for TV. I understand occasionaly he appears in various series in some small role.
    Interesting to read your comments on "Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World" film wish I were able to see it.
    Mrs L. joins in wishing you a wonderful New Year, continued good health, & a happy successful l964.
    My kindest & bestest -
                As always - Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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