Lot: 158 Geraldine Farrar Archives

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2015-11-04 12:50:47

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Lot 158: Collection includes signed letters, 7 photos (4 cabinet photos, 2 post cards and 1 signed photo., Several letters, 3 very important letters from her mother to their Patron Charles H. Bond, show great insight in detail of Farrar's progress and experiences in Paris and Berlin. In the letters handwritten by Farrar's mother, Henrietta M. Farrar, to Mrs. Bond she goes into great detail Geraldine's progress with her vocal teachers, performances, living in Paris, meeting with Lillian Nordica, traveling to Berlin and the teachers etc. Included in this lot are: Mr. Bonds original 18 Payment receipts in various amounts made out to Geraldine one starts in Jamuary i25, 1898 and is for Sidney D. Farrar the next is in August 15, 1898 and says for Geraldine Farra for charity and then, the rest are from when she stayed in Paris starting in May 12, of 1900 running through to March 11, 1901 in Berlin. These letters and collection are a treasure trove of Farrar's early start and show how Bond, her patron, supported her with many thousands of dollars to give her the training of what he believed to be a future musical star. Two letters are handwritten later by Geraldine Farrar. One interesting letter is on Farrar's old letterhead with a photo embossed in the Opera-Comique Paris Chicago Opera Company stationary which she signed. In the letter she writes how she "found this old sheets from the good old days". She goes on about "the paper was handmade and cost about $2 a sheet to have made, that the job was done in that fabulous shop on Rue De la Paux" and she writes about a painting she has sent off to be photographed as well. The other letter is to a Mrs. Rogers about her family's financial contributions and support early in her career, dated July 10, 1938, 7 7/8" x 6 1/2" and another 3 pg letter. Farrar received financial support for her vocal training from Charles Henry Bond (1846-1908), prominent business man and father of Mildred Bond. Most in very good condition, except for 3 of the early letters who have old cellophane tape stains and have separated in 2 of the letters, else good condition. Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction Thursday, 19th November 2015 Estimate: $200-300
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