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May 16


On this day in 1905 Henry Fonda, the celebrated American film and stage actor was born. He had a career that spanned more than five decades. Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, granddaughter Bridget Fonda, and grandson Troy Garity.
On the same day H. E. Bates, the novelist and creator of "The Darling Buds of May" was also born. Many of his stories depict life in the rural Midlands of England, particularly his native Northamptonshire.
FONDA (Henry, 1905-1982, American Actor) Fine signed photo, released by Warner Bros. for the production of “There was a Crooked Man” shows top half of bearded Fonda in costume for the western, 10”x 8”, no place, no date 25366
H.E. BATES’ ‘BEST MAY-TIME AFFECTION’ BATES (H.E., 1905-1974, Novelist and Writer of Short Stories) Pair of Autograph Letters Signed ‘H.E.’ to ‘Jeannette’, saying he “should be awfully glad if you could repeat my Pierce & Pierce parcel on May 1, June 1 & July 1 and charge it to my account”, he will let her know if more are needed, “We had a pleasant evening with Stanley yesterday, and Cassy spent a good part of the day with the boys, chiefly in movies & in drinking vast quantities of Coca-cola ...”, (22nd April 1953), “... Your parcels No. 1 & No. 2 have safely arrived. I think I did write ... but life in these islands”, 3 days before the Coronation, “is restless, excited & inducive to a state of mind of care-free forgetfulness ... London looks like a day at the fair. All the ladies in best bonnet - wonderful debonair feeling ... I haven’t done a scrap of work ... except letters and gardening; - but not has any one else, as far as I can gather”, ending “this isn’t a letter ... just to say thank you ... and to send you & Dudley my best May-time affection”, (30th May 1953), 1 side oblong folio and 2 sides 8vo, Gladstone Hotel, New York City and The Granary, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent, April - May 1953, both letters a trifle browned at one fold without loss 56158

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