Here’s an interesting postcard that advertises the theatrical production of “Hawthorne of the U.S.A.” Starring Douglas Fairbanks (who, interestingly, didn’t repeat the role in the 1919 film version), the play appears to have had a lengthy run at Brooklyn’s Montauk Theatre as well as at many other venues.
The Beverly Hills home of comic Jack Benny, at 1002 North Roxbury Drive. Roxbury Drive has been called the “Street of the Stars”, and and it seems to deserve that name. Lucille Ball lived next to Benny on one side, with Peter Falk on the other, and additional neighbors included Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Clooney, Jeanne Crain, Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan. (read much more about the street here)
Comedian Eddie Anderson worked his way through vaudeville and became a star playing Jack Benny’s valet “Rochester” on the radio hit, The Jack Benny Show. Anderson’s radio and film success made him truly wealthy, but property restrictions imposed against African-Americans limited his home-shopping options. This large estate was built in a neighborhood of smaller homes, the West Adams area of Los Angeles.
It seems that Honest Abe is a media darling yet again, (due in no small part to the recent film starring Daniel Day Lewis) so it seemed only fitting that I share this postcard I came across last week. Of interest is the brief autobiographical information on the back:
I was born Feb. 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. My Parents were both born in Virginia. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks. My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age, and he grew up literally without education.
He removed from Kentucky to what is now Spencer County, Indiana, in my eighth year. We reached our new home about the time the state came into the Union. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals, still in the woods. There I grew up; there were some schools, so called.
There was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education. Of course when I became of age I did not know much. Still, somehow, I could read, write, and cipher to the rule of three, but that was all. The little advance I now have upon this store of education, I have picked up from time to time under the pressure of necessity.