MICHAEL (BLANCHE OELRICHS) STRANGE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/12/1929 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY ROOT STERN - HFSID 18791
MICHAEL STRANGE Two weeks before the stock market crash, she signs a typed letter making an appointment with her lawyer. Typed Letter signed: "Michael Strange", 1p, 8½x10½. Initialed twice "HRS". No place, 1929 October 12. To Henry Root Stern, New York.
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Two weeks before the stock market crash, she signs a typed letter making an appointment with her lawyer.
Typed Letter signed: "Michael Strange", 1p, 8½x10½. Initialed twice "HRS". No place, 1929 October 12. To Henry Root Stern, New York. In full: "Will it be all right for Wednesday afternoon. I am completely tied up Tuesday, and always tied up all morning. So will you let me know if Wednesday afternoon, or any other afternoon - at any time is all right. Thanks so much for all the bother you are taking in this matter. Every yours sincerely". Poet, playwright and actress Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs (1890-1950) used the pen and stage name Michael STRANGE. A real estate heiress and debutante active in the women's suffrage movement, she published her first book, Miscellaneous Poems, in 1916. The second of her three husbands was stage and silent film star John Barrymore. Actress Diana Barrymore was their daughter. Strange's first Broadway play, Claire de Lune (1921), starred John and Ethel Barrymore. In 1936, Strange commenced a popular New York City radio program of poetry and music, eventually accompanied by a full orchestra. She also spoke on lecture tours, the likely topic of this TLS. The letter's recipient, Henry Root STERN, was a partner in the New York law firm of Rushmore, Bisbee and Stern. A three-time delegate to Republican national conventions, he was a Presidential Elector in 1952. Stern handled some of Strange's monetary affairs, including her alimony payments from John Barrymore. Perhaps they talked money at the appointment arranged in this letter, unaware that Black Thursday (October 24) and the subsequent market collapse loomed in the immediate future. Lightly creased and soiled. Binder holes at top, one broken through to edge. Two ½-inch tears at top margin and a 1-inch tear in right margin. Other minor tears on three sides.
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