24 December 2014

Happy Holidays!

Here are a few Season's Greetings from Hollywood stars sent to their fellow actors and friends. First up are four telegrams from Greta Garbo to Clifton Webb. Garbo would send Webb a holiday telegram every year on Christmas Eve, signing them with "Harry Brown" (short for Harriet Brown), the pseudonym she used while travelling. The telegrams shown are from 1946, 1953, 1955 and 1962.

Source: first image heritage auctions (reproduced with permission)/ second image: telegrams from last century

Transcript:

BEVERLY HILLS CALIF 
1946 DEC 24
CLIFTON MABELE [sic] WEBB=
SAVOY PLAZA NYK=

HAPPY XMAS AND NEW YEAR=
HARRY BROWN.

Note: Mabel was Webb's mother whom he lived with.
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Transcript:

NEW YORK NY= 1953 DEC 24
CLIFTON WEBBS=
1005 REXFORD DR BEVERLY HILLS CALIF =

MILLIONS OF GREETINGS
HARRY BROWN=
Source: both images heritage auctions (here and here) / reproduced with permission

Transcript:

NEW YORK NY =1955 DEC 24
CLIFTON WEBB=
1005 REXFORD DR BEVERLY HILLS CALIF=

HARRY BROWN SEND LOVE=
UNSIGNED=
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Transcript:

DEC 24 62
NEW YORK NY
CLIFTON WEBB
1005 REXFORD DR BEVERLY HILLS CALIF
FONDEST GREETINGS
HARRY BROWN.
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One of my earlier posts showed a fan letter from Clara Bow to Marlon Brando (here). This is a Christmas card Bow sent her idol somewhere in the 1950s (I can't make out the postmark on the envelope, so I don't know from what year this card is exactly).

Source: heritage auctions/ image reproduced with permission

Transcript:

Dear Mr Brando:

A belated thanks for your most gracious note, and the autographed picture of your son- it is on my den wall in the place of honor- I will always cherish it, so thanks once again for your kindness. I do hope you and yours enjoy the happiest of holidays! good luck to you always! 
Sincerely and gratefully,
Clara Bow
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And two notes sent to Joan Crawford. The first one is a belated New Year's greeting from Anne Baxter, followed by a note from Barbara Stanwyck.

Source: heritage auctions/ image reproduced with permission

Transcript:

Dear Joan-

Your Christmas greeting was forwarded to me on tour.
It is always so heart warming to feel your kind thoughts reaching out to all of your far-flung friends and acquaintances.
Have the best New Year in the world.

Fondly always,

Anne Baxter (signed)

Miss Joan Crawford
150 East 69th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021

January 12, 1974


Transcript:

Joan dear,

What a beautiful Christmas basket just arrived filled with so many wonderful things! You are a dear generous friend and I thank you so very very much and I hope and pray the New Year will bring you all you desire-
Love always,
Missy

Dec 24/75

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