WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/01/1934 - HFSID 479
Sale Price $405.00
WILLIAM S. HART
Hart handwrote and signed this letter to Kay Hall at The Daily Times in Chicago in 1934. In it he writes that "I'm still here and going strong".
Autograph letter signed: "Bill Hart", 1 page, 6x9½, on stationery from the Hotel Astor, Times Square, New York City, 1934 November 1. Addressed to Kay Hall, The Daily Times, Chicago, Illinois. In part: "Dear Kay Hall I'm still here and going strong- My health continues to be splendid - And I've been [illegible] bad too! 3 and 4. - [illegible]. But Ill [sic] have a long time to rest up when I hit the old [illegible] I hope all is well with you- Your friend". Lightly toned, especially along left edge and on verso (with show-through), and creased. Handwriting, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places, but legible. Page was neatly torn from pad or notebook at top edge. Paper clip and rust stains near top left corner. Upper right corner is missing. Folded twice and unfolded. Torn along bottom fold on right edge. Accompanied by: original mailing envelope on Hotel Astor stationery, hand-addressed by Hart. Postmarked Grand Central Annex, New York City, Nov. 1, 1934. Addressed to Kay Hall, The Daily Times, Chicago, Illinois. With one 3¢ purple-and-white Washington stamp affixed. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Torn open at right edge. Torn along top and left edge. William S. "Bill" Hart (1870-1946) 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. Two items.
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