CHARLES B. HANFORD - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 02/05/1903 CO-SIGNED BY: MARIE (MRS. CHARLES HANFORD) DROFNAH - HFSID 285064
Sale Price $180.00
CHARLES B. HANFORD and MARIE DROFNAH
Autograph Sentiment signed by him in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1903, and signed on verso on the following day by his wife and acting partner, Marie Drofnah (Hanford spelled backwards).
Autograph Sentiment signed: "I am very truly yours/Charles B. Hanford/Grand Forks N. D./Feb. 5th 1903", 6½x4. Ink note (unknown hand): "Taming of the Shrew." Also signed on verso: "With best wishes I am/Sincerely Yours/Marie Drofnah/February 6, 1903". Actor and sometime manager CHARLES B. HANFORD (1859-1926), known for his Shakespearean roles, played theater stages throughout the US. Because of his knowledge of set design, Hanford worked with Thomas Edison during World War I, designing camouflage for US troops and ships. In 1885, Hanford married Mariella T. Bear, who used the stage name of MARIE DROFNAH (Hanford spelled backwards). The couple performed together on tour. Who's Who in Music and Drama described her as possessing "an extensive classical repertoire." They were not co-stars; Mr. Hanford seems always to have received more prominent billing. Lightly toned and creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso, face. Otherwise fine condition.
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