Thursday, June 10, 2010
Postcards to Louise Brooks for sale
A collection of postcards sent to Louise Brooks (later in her life) from the likes of actor Roddy McDowell, composer David Diamond, film historians Kevin Brownlow, John Kobal, and Richard Lamparski, and others are currently for sale on eBay. The eBay page, with many illustrations, can be found here. The asking price is $1,000.
According to the seller, these postcards were purchased from Mary Kuziak, the great-niece of Marjorie Van Tassell, who was a good friend of Louise Brooks and lived in the same apartment building in Rochester, New York.
A number of the cards are pictured on eBay (but are difficult to read), and some have interesting comments. For example, in one Kevin Brownlow writes and mentions how her book, Lulu in Hollywood, then just recently published, is selling and being "talked about" in London. In another, Richard Lamparski tells that he just spoke with actress Rose Hobart, and mentions that the actors now living at the Motion Picture Home (Viola Dana, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey) now have their own phones.
All together, it is an interesting lot. Be sure and check it out. Someday, hopefully soon, someone will edit and publish a collection of Louise Brooks letters. Until then, here is a bit of the other side of the correspondence.
Posted by thomas gladysz / Louise Brooks Society