Philadelphia: The Nixon & Zimmerman Enterprises, 1907. Envelope or Cover. This lot consists of three items: a booking letter on illustrated letterhead, its accompanying illustrated advertising cover, and a second, different illustrated advertising cover. In the booking letter, Nixon humorously confronts a theater manager regarding a disagreement over a booking contract, noting “I am afraid when the day comes that I will have to play . . . at the terms you mention, that I will have to quit the business.” The letterhead and its matching envelope both feature the logo of Nixon’s company and the envelope has an addition cartoon advertisement for “Laughland” in red. The other advertising cover features a large red oval with a photo of Tom Waters and touts “The Mayor of Laughland.” Both envelopes are franked with red 2-cent Washington stamps (Scott #309) that are cancelled with Philadelphia machine postmarks. The backflap of the Tom Waters envelope is missing. Very good. Item #009311
Nixon-Norlinger was apparently a booking agent in addition to being the manager of the Park Theater in Philadelphia. Tom Waters was a successful musical-comedy actor who began his career in minstrel shows, made his theatrical debut in One of the Bravest, and gained fame as the star of the Broadway hit The Pink Lady. He was an accomplished pianist and was noted for his piano-comedy act, The Mayor of Laughland which toured throughout the United States and abroad. (see The Indian Territory Journals of Colonel Richard Irving Dodge).