Document: dbr061  [view transcript]

Letter: to Charles Henry Douglass, Macon, Georgia, between 1926 and 1940

author: Martinelli, escape artist
extent: [1] p.
date: 1926-1940
summary: Letter from escape artist M. Martinelli to Charles Henry Douglass, African American entrepreneur and owner of the Douglass Theatre, regarding a possible show at the Douglass Theatre. The letterhead features a photograph of Martinelli in chains and an advertisement for his act, which includes driving blindfolded for street advertising. Martinelli announces that he will be in Macon, Georgia next week and asks Douglass if he can use his act. He advises Douglass to advertise that Martinelli is coming but not to set a date. Martinelli expresses his hope that Douglass is well and mentions that in his new act, he escapes from a vault.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 21
folder: 208
item: 17

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Martinelli, escape artist
Douglass, Charles Henry, 1870-1940
Escape artists--Employment--Georgia--Macon
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Letters (correspondence)

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[Note: This document contains handwritten and printed text.]

[printed text:

[Note: Photograph of M. Martinelli bound in chains.]
Handcuff King and Escape Artist
Escapes from Boxes, Straight Jackets, Handcuffs, Leg Irons, Mail Sacks and Torture Straps
Drives Blindfolded for Street Advertising
This is the Act You Have Been Looking For
To Increase Your Box-office Receipts]

[written text: Mr. Douglass
Macon Ga. [Georgia]
Dear Sir: --

I will be in Macon next week if you can used my Act Advertise on the screen that I am comming [coming] but dont set enny [any] date just say watch for the date I hope you are well & will see you next week my new Act I am using that of escaping from [unclear text: clarks Grave] vault get them I will say

I remain your
truely [truly]
[Signed] M. Martinelli

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