This letter is from a collection of vintage celebrity letters written to Sherman Billingsley, renowned owner of the New York City’s famous Stork Club. Reminiscent of a different era of celebrity and fame when time was taken to write formal thank you letters for the compliments and gifts exchanging among society’s most elite entertainment circles. Check my other listings of letters from this collection that offers a rare glimpse of this moment in time.
Actor Edward Arnold (d. 1956) signed typewritten letter (1948) made on his 7.125 X 10.5 stationery to Mr. Sherman thanking him for three neckties. Excellent condition. Guaranteed to pass JSA (James Spence Authentication).
John Sherman Billingsley was a former bootlegger who founded and owned The Stork Club, New York City’s most famous nightclub (1929-1965) world renowned for its celebrity clientele and often recognized as one of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world. Originally established on West 58th Street in 1929; after a raid by Prohibition agents in 1931 the Club relocated to East 51st Street. From 1934 until it closed in 1965 it had been located on 3 East 53rd Street, just East of 5th Avenue. Billingsley often lavished expensive gifts and food & drinks to his famous clientele and press which assured a steady flow of famous social, political and celebrity visitors and the ensuing publicity.
Edward Arnold (Actor d.1956) Signed Letter to Stork Club Owner - 1948