[Jefferson, Joseph. (1829–1905)]

Autograph Letter about a Joe Jefferson autograph

Autograph letter signed "Willa", sending an autograph from the actor Joseph Jefferson. 1 p., n.d. Text reads: "My dear Miss Elsie, Just a word with this scrap of paper which I hope you will like. If you love Joe Jefferson as I do, you will be delighted to own it, as it is a lovely one. Please thank Spookie [?] for the biscuits, they were great, and gone in a very short time I can tell you. Have just gotten back from Indianapolis. Yours in haste, Willa." Toning and slight smudges to the final words and signature; overall very good. 4.5 x 6 inches (11.8 x 14.9 cm).

Joe Jefferson was the third of his name in a family of actors and managers, and one of the most famous of all 19th century American comedians. Jefferson was particularly well known for his adaptation and portrayal of Rip Van Winkle on the stage, reprising the role in several silent film adaptations. Through his appearances in the latter, he is believed to be the earliest born actor to appear in a film. (16504)

Autograph Letter