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Description: JACK NORWORTH
(1879 - 1959) Tin Pan Alley composer and vaudevillian, best known for the lyrics to the song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." A collection of five letters, all written to fellow vaudevillian, JOE LAURIE, JR. (1892 - 1954) between June 29, 1942 and Mar. 14, 1943 including an A.L.S. "Jake" 6pp. 8vo., New York, Mar. 7, 1943 in pencil, writing in part: "...Where did you hear about our 100[th] show? The columns are swell... "; T.L.S. "Jake" in pencil, 1p. 4to. on Warner Brothers letterhead, 1p. 4to., Burbank, June 29, 1942: "...HAD A SWELL TRIP. HIT A GUY IN AN AUTO AT MONROVIA CALIF AND DID NOT DO HIM A BIT OF GOOD... BILL FIELDS THE DIRTY LOUSE HAS LAID UP ALL HIS CARS EXCEPT THE ONE I EXPECTED TO BORROW. CURSE HIM.... MY BIG PROBLEM IS GOING TO BE TO PROMOTE A CAR. THEY ARE MIGHTY SCARCE ON ACCOUNT OF THE TIRE THING. YOU CAN GET PLENTY OF GAS BUT NO ONE WANTS TO USE UP THEIR TIRES..."; T.L.S. 1p. 4to. on Warner Brothers letterhead, Burbank, Aug. 19, 1942: "...IF YOU DON'T STOP SENDING ME THAT LOUSY MOUSE GAG I'LL BE SICK AT MY STOMACH. YOU SENT IT TO ME TWICE... DOES'NT [sic] ANYONE TELL YOU ANY NEW ONES. THE BIG COLOSSAL EFFORT IS COMING ON SLOWLY THANK YOU WHICH SUITS ME TO A T. I AM NOW WORKING WITH MY THIRD AUTHOR. EACH TIME THEY CHANGE MAKES IT BETTER. YES THEY STILL SPEAK TO ME. BUT I AIN'T TALKING..." All five letters are accompanied by the original transmittal envelopes. Much more good content, too lengthy to quote here. Letters bear the usual folds, with minor marginal wear, else very good.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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