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OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/20/1911 - HFSID 157139

: "Oscar Hammerstein" as Director, Manhattan Opera House, 1p, 8½X11. New York, 1911 March 20. To Mrs. Josephson. In full: "I am sorry you are not well; can I do anything for you? I'll not leave for London till probably the middle of April.…"

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OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN. ALS: "Oscar Hammerstein" as Director, Manhattan Opera House, 1p, 8½X11. New York, 1911 March 20. To Mrs. Josephson. In full: "I am sorry you are not well; can I do anything for you? I'll not leave for London till probably the middle of April. I received your picture; I will put it with my collection of talented stage beauties and noble hearted women. Don't fail to come to see me; the most interesting story is, that I received a letter from a woman 'Francis Lee', offering to aid me in my divorce suit; truth is indeed stranger than fiction." Theatrical impresario Hammerstein (1846-1919) built several theaters in New York, mostly in Times Square. The great stars of stage and opera appeared at his theaters. In 1906, he built the Manhattan Opera House, known today as the Hammerstein Ballroom of Manhattan Center. His grandson was lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Creased. Folds, vertical fold touches last name. Soiled and stained at blank areas. Light show through of ink blot on verso touches 1 word.

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