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1910 Patrick Short Olympic Century Theatres St. Louis Signed Syndicate Letter
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From the end of the 1800s through the early 1900s, most theatre and opera house managers in the United States and Canada had to book their entertainment through Syndicates which controlled the touring schedules of most traveling shows and entertainers. One of the most prominent Syndicates was run by Marc Klaw and Abraham Lincoln Erlanger in New York City. This lot is a letter written from Patrick Short, manager of the Olympic and Century Theatres in St. Louis, Missouri, to Klaw and Erlanger The letter indicates that Short received their wire and paid money to “Mr. Daly.” The typed letter is signed by Short.

Patrick Short was known as “dean of the St. Louis theater managers.” Many would suggest he was the best-known and most universally liked theater manager in the United States in the early 1900s. Along with managing theaters, Short was instrumental in helping many performers who later became famous including Julia Marlowe, Mary Anderson, Julia Arthur, Della Fax, and Dorothy Morton. He was the only manager for whom Maude Adams would play two matinees a week. Short died after contracting pneumonia at the age of 62, a little more than a year after he wrote this letter.

The letter is cut down and is approximately 5.5″ tall.

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This letter is in good used condition with wear appropriate to its age. It may have small creases/tears, folds, wrinkles, indentations, stains, smudges, edge wear, toning, corner bumps, or other issues typical of old paper items. Please review the included photos of the actual item to make a complete determination of its condition.


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