The Dead Art of Writing Letters


From the content of the letter, I deduce that Charlotte and Elizabeth were high school friends, had graduated earlier in 1928 and were bound for college. So Charlotte was probably 18 years old. Compare the quality of her writing with "texting" by 18-year old girls nowadays. There is one page missing.

Charlotte mentions Jesse Crawford, Paul Ash and Roxy and His Gang.

Jesse Crawford

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was an organist -The Poet of the Organ- who played at the Paramount Theatre

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 in New York City between 1926 and 1933. There are lots of videos on youtube. Here is a song I like a lot.

Paul Ash and His Orchestra played in movie theatres in Chicago and New York. Among the members of his band were Harry Barris and Danny Polo, who recorded with Bix. Here is an example of how the band sounded in 1927.

Roxy was Samuel Rothafel, a showman who had radio programs in the 1920s and 1930s. Between 1927 and 1931 he appeared Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 pm over the Blue Network. The gang played in the Roxy Theatre, a 6000-seat palace in New York City.

I have been undable to identify the Adelphian Roof Garden and John McGlynn.

Rosalie was a Broadway play, music by George Gershwin and Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and P. G. Wodehouse (connection to Bix). One the songs in the show was "How Long Has This Been Going On?" An excellent recording by Fred Elizalde in

Also a version by the OKeh Melodians with Sylvester Ahola in WBIX # 2 (Dec 1999!!!!). Go to 28 min 15 sec in


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Posted on Sep 28, 2010, 6:26 AM

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