WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/14/1929 - HFSID 30051
Sale Price $595.00
WILLIAM S. HART
Hart handwrote, signed and dated this letter to Col. George L. Byram, a Philippine-American War veteran and technical advisor in Hollywood, in 1929. He wrote this because "I've heard from time to time that you were givin' old man health a battle" and to keep his spirits up: "You've been through too many battles to lose one It isn't in the cards!"
Autograph letter signed "Bill Hart". 1 page, 8¼x10½, on William S. Hart Company stationery from the Horseshoe Ranch. May 14, 1929. Addressed to "Pardner". In full: "Dear Pardner - I've heard from time to time that you were givin' old man health a battle and I've been aimin' to get in an' say Hav Kola! for a long time - but somehow I've missed fire- I'm comin' through and when I do I want to see the old dog pullin' you down the street with you on the other end of a leash. It keeps me busy as all thunder up here - running things - But I'll come in soon - surely - Take good care of yourself - You've been through too many battles to lose one It isn't in the cards! Always your friend". Lightly toned and rippled. Handwriting and signature are lightly smeared in places but legible. Adhesive residue on verso, which shows-through and touches handwriting and signature. Folded once horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: original mailing envelope, hand-addressed by Hart, on William S. Hart company stationery. Postmarked Newhall, May 14, 1929. Addressed to Col. George L. Byram, Hollywood, California. With one 2¢ red-and-pink International Civil Aeronautics Conference stamp affixed. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Handwriting is lightly smeared but legible. Torn open on right edge. Light tear on top edge. Tape residue on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. Byram appears to have been a technical advisor for Hollywood movies during 1926 and 1927, although he doesn't appear to have worked with Hart, and a Philippine-American War veteran. Hart built a mansion at the Horseshoe Ranch in Newhall, California in 1921 and lived there until his death. Hart (1870-1946, born in Newburgh, New York) began acting onstage in New York, going on to make his name as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway. By his 30s, he was a highly popular stage performer, particularly in western plays. He had spent his youth traveling around the country with his father, an itinerant laborer. Hart was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories of the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart's popularity faded. In 1925 he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Hart was a friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and was a pallbearer at Earp's 1929 funeral.
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