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Letter: Valdosta, Georgia to Ben Stein, Macon, Georgia, possibly 1927

author: Stein, Luke
extent: [1] p.
date: [1927?]
summary: Letter from Luke Stein, owner and manager of the Palace Theatre in Valdosta, Georgia, to his brother Ben Stein, owner and manager of the Douglass Theatre, probably dated 1927, regarding theater business. Luke explains that Bessie Smith was supposed to wire him Monday and that he wants her to perform the week of his tent show, because he expects low profits otherwise. He asks Ben to get in touch with Smith if he knows where she is. Luke remarks that if he cannot play Smith on percentage he does not want her to come in. He reports that the Ritz Theatre opened successfully, but that business has slowed. Luke asks Ben to let him know when he has a film concern before he writes. He concludes with travel plans including trips to Jacksonville, Florida, Macon, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia. Luke remarks that he is closing the letter because the show is out and he is tired.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 22
folder: 223
item: 29

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Valdosta (Ga.)
Lowndes County (Ga.)
Ritz Theatre (Valdosta, Ga.)
Stein, Ben
Palace Theatre (Valdosta, Ga.)
Motion picture theaters--Georgia--Valdosta
Tent shows--Georgia--Valdosta
Entertainment events--Georgia--Valdosta
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937
Contracts for work and labor--Georgia
Women blues musicians--United States
Blues musicians--United States
Blues (Music)--Georgia
Blues (Music)--To 1931
African Americans--Music
Letters (correspondence)

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

[written text: [added text (appears to be different hand and ink): [ca. 1927]]

[printed text:

Valdosta, Ga. [Georgia],]

[typewritten text: Wednesday
Dear Ben

Your letter received this morning and was glad to hear that Albert is better, also am glad to hear that Ruth is Moving up to Macon In regard to Bessie Smith she was supposed to wire me Monday and she sia dthat [said that] she would play in the school house [schoolhouse], I want her the week of the 5th because I am not going to do anythigng [anything] that week as I am having a tent show and would like to play her that week, I am having the show that I have this week for next week also, so if you know where she is get in touch with her and let me know, and if I cant play her on percentage I dont want her to come in, In regard to the vaudeville and boxing, you work that out and do the best, things here have been mighty tough, altho [although] I have done better with the road show if I had not had it, have at least made expenses so far the ritz opened with a bang but cooled off quite a bit since then, when you ever have a miss out or any other thing from picture concern, let me know about it before you write, I am going to Jax [Jacksonville] Sunday for the day and will be in Macon Sunday week and will go to atlanta from there; The show is out and am tired so will close with love;

Your bud
[Signed] Lukie]