Like many silent stars, a handful of Mabel’s personal correspondence survives. For those too young to remember, telegrams were equivalent to emails or IMs, just a little slower. Many stars would dictate what they wanted sent and a secretary would be left to get it on the telegram form. Stephen Normand has provided some of Mabel’s telegrams below, which show her personality to the fullest. Please credit The Mabel Normand estate when sharing.
Many telegrams used stop as in place of a period; Mabel seemed to bypass this in both her letters and telegrams. Her formal handwriting can be seen in the reference letter for her secretary known as Betty Coss.
Western Union Telegram
received at 706 South Alvarado St, Los Angeles, Phone DREXEL 4535
1 228 IK 48
Los Angeles, Calif 159P June 19th, 1924
Miss Betty Coss
222 South Burlington Los Angeles, Calif
Dear Betty don’t be a baby and come tomorrow morning and let’s talk things over then you can decide exactly what you want to do do not think at this time should take any offense at whatever I said will expect you in the morning it is very urgent
Los Angeles, California
May 19th, 1925
Please ‘phone me (when you get this) or write and let me have the address of the firm where you purchased the last fan pictures that were cheaper than Kopee.
Will you also let me know you got the folders and cardboard, and letterheads as here used. I think they were bought from Emil H. Bluemel Co., 904 S. Main St.
Mabel N –
(Betty come over or phone hope you come so I’ll be at home lot to ask you about my different bits love Mabel N)
(How are you feeling are you making saw more at the Clec. ball-)
Dear Betty –
Please give me the address of Freeman’s bootlegger. I mean the one you deal with for me and also has the telephone number you for tomorrow’s Sunday – Please enclose in enclosed envelope I’m very unhappy about my ear Dr F and the Dr who is now treating my ear – the night one – had very bad news for me Send by town the address of that man also which is most important his telephone Monday – J F R – Be Happy Betty I Love You
R.M. Hollingshead Co
568 Frank Ave South
Dear Sir In reply to your reference questionnaire concerning Miss Elizabeth Duncaus
Who was in my employ for 3 1/2 years I wish to state that her personal + moral character was always above reproach. Her business ability while in my employ included large sums of money being responsible for my personal jewelry also my confidential matters trusting this is satisfactory
I remain sincerely
526 Camden Drive Beverly Hills, California
Do you remember what salary(?) the consolidate Jf and me and was it 10 day his work on Sunday, or was Sunday included, and will I consent just the paper you wrote it all down for me that – Sherrill has decided to make it 5 percent originally it was ten percent they asked if you recall, Paul Bern Does not recommend and told me to ask you and asking I am Betty – over to ask you what was the terms thanks so much we miss you M Normand