ANNIE "LITTLE SURE SHOT" OAKLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/10/1923 - HFSID 288295
Sale Price $6,800.00
Recovering slowly from an auto accident late in her life, she writes a 4-page letter to a female journalist, enthusiastically describing her move to North Carolina.
Autograph Letter signed: "Annie Oakley Butler", 4 pages (integral leaf), 5½x6¾. Greensboro, North Carolina, October 10 (Pencil note in unknown hand dates it 1923.) Oakley has struck through the original letterhead of the O'Henry and written her new address in Greensboro. To "Dear Miss Tildesley", in full: "I was pleased to see the sweet letter. We left Cambridge just two weeks ago. And stopped off in Balto. to see Dr. Baer. He said there was an improvement in my foot though it had been very slow. But for me to fight on and he was sure I would win out in time. So we both feel incouraged. I can walk much better than when you seen me. We have just left the Hotel and taken A suite here. We have A pretty living room, furnished in wicker with pretty colors. A wicker table with plate glass top so we can make coffee. Tea. Toast. and even boil eggs if we like. A french door opens on A private varanda with pretty flowers. It faces the East. Our sleeping room faces the East and has a fine large window on the South. So we will get the sun about all day. 2 nice hot water radiators. And a fire place with gass logs. Furnished in fine old real mahogany but all finely polished. And everything in great taste. We have to share our bath with the Lady that owns the house. But the many other advantages more than make up for the loss of A strictly private bath. We will take our time in looking up A Suitable place to build in the early spring. This is A fine up to date City. The best kept I have ever seen. So if I live and you ever come south just stop off for a little visit. The latch string will be out. Our address for the winter will be here at 357 North Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina. And will you kindly send 3 or 4 clippings of your articles to me. I enclose stamps for same. Remember us both to your Family. With every good wish. I am sincerely". Annie Oakley (1860-1926), born Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses to a Quaker family in Ohio, began to shoot rabbits and quail at age nine. Within five years, she was a breadwinner for her family as a markswoman, and, at age 15, she saved her family's farm with income she had earned from shooting game. On August 23, 1876, at age 16, Annie married Frank Butler, a vaudeville performer who became her partner. Annie's self-effacing personality (on and off stage) made her a popular performer. In 1885, the Butlers joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, where Annie was a star for 17 years. The five-foot-tall Oakley got her name, "Little Sure Shot", from Sitting Bull and used it in her promotional materials. In 1901, she and her husband decided to retire from public life. However, shooting was in her blood, and the Butlers continued to make appearances around the country. Age did not appear to diminish her skills, but Oakley was seriously injured in an automobile accident in 1921. With the persistence expressed in this letter, she was performing again by 1924, but she died on November 3, 1926, just 18 days before her husband. Oakley and Butler built a home in Cambridge, Maryland in 1913, chosen for the abundant game nearby, They vacationed in the south, however, and re-located one final time, to North Carolina (settling in Pinehurst, not Greensboro.) The recipient of the letter was probably Alice Tildesley, who wrote on celebrities for the Saturday Evening Post and other publications. She also published a one-act play, The Cast Rehearses, in 1921. Lightly toned. Edges lightly frayed. Notch at bottom right corner of page 3. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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