Saturday, June 20, 2009

Samaroff and Sonia - A Love Story in Postcards - Part 6

In February 1909, Bedini and the dogs were again on tour that led west into Canada. This time his cards were sent to an address on Huron Street in Chicago. On the trip, Donat's humor shines through.

The "three" performers commented on their long trip in a postcard postmarked Calgary, Alta, on Feb 18th. The artwork is credited to Al St. Pierre. Perhaps he is the same artist mentioned in Donat's next postcard.

A Valentine from his wife was quite the hit in Calgary, according to Donat.



Unfortunately, the Valentine doesn't appear among the collection. Based on the text, it must have included the image of a baby.

"Next baby you send," writes Donat, "send one that smiles." It was the beginning of a running commentary...




"Ever since I received the baby I have no rest at night, She is always crien (sp)."



Ella sent Donat another image of herself, taken at the Peoples Arcade on Clark St, near Madison. While she is smiling for the photo, she misses her husband wishes she were in New York amongst friends.



She then sent a Kiss Coupon that would reach Donat at his next stop in Lathbridge.



Another card featuring a drawing was sent from Lathbridge, Alberta . This one appears to be drawn by Donat, and includes commentary about the size of the city's Lyceum Theater.




Donat would return to the States, stopping in Great Falls Montana and the Pantages in Spokane Washington.

"Don't you think so to?"

"How is the baby," writes Ella. "Still crying"

Go back to Chapter 5

3 comments:

Melani Motzkus Carty said...

Great series of posts on Samaroff and Sonia. I was sad to reach the end, and I look forward to more!

--Melani Carty

Melani Motzkus Carty said...

Great series of posts on Samaroff and Sonia. I was sad to reach the end, and I look forward to more!

--Melani Carty

damikus said...

While researching family history and genealogy, I found Samaroff and Sonia (Donat and Ella Butowick) in the family tree. Thank you for this wonderful website and the pictures. I will add to the family history book.

Darlene Mikus