KEN MAYNARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/24/1940 - HFSID 226683
Sale Price $680.00
1940 typed letter, signed by Maynard, on Cole Bros. Circus letterhead with his b/w photo. Maynard signed this letter near the end of his career, during one of his three stints with Cole Bros. between 1937 and 1940.
Typed Letter Signed: "Ken Maynard", 1 page, 8x10½, with red-and-gold Cole Bros. Circus logo containing Maynard's b/w photo. Gardner, Massachusetts, 1940 June 24. Addressed to "Mr. Mark W. Hoffman, Sheriff of Lehigh County". In full: "Dear friend; Aline [sic] to thank you for your courtesy in mailing the Deputy badge and card which I assure you will be highly treasured by me. And should you ever come to California I would like the opportunity of doing something for you and yours. Mack and Joe both ask me to convey their thanks and deep appreciation also. They get so little time to do any writing that I guess they were afraid they would be tardy in answering themselves, but I can assure you for them that they are tickled to death and think you are the tops as I do myself. I am giving you my home address below so if there is anything I can do for you out there you can let me know. I will close now thanking you once more for your kindness and can only hope that we meet again in the near future. I remain, Your friend," This letter was written while Maynard was a performer for Cole Bros. Circus and Congress of Rough Riders. Almost universally disliked for his ego and temper, Maynard found himself unable to get work at the major studios in the late 1930s. He put food on the table by acting in B westerns and serials and with Cole Bros. Western film star Ken Maynard (1895-1973), a former trick rider with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and later Ringling Brothers, made his film debut in The Man Who Won (1923), and he would go on to appear in dozens of Westerns, including three "Trail Blazer" films with Hoot Gibson and Bob Steele. Maynard was film's first singing cowboy and showcased his riding skills on his horse, Tarzan, who was sometimes billed as "Tarzan the Wonder Horse". Maynard retired from films in 1944 before returning to the big screen in two films in 1970 and 1972. He was also a popular attraction at autograph shows. Lightly toned and creased. Tear on right edge. Three torn binder holes on left side. Folded twice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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