My estimate is that this letter was written in the forties, possibly when Mr. Taylor was in the Navy. I base this on the fact that he is going to write to Barbara rather than just tell her. It’s a shame we have no idea what the accessory was or any information about the lighter.
Dear Mrs. Cahn,
Sorry to have delayed so long in thanking you for the leather accessory you sent me for my watch. It fits perfectly and I think it’s such a good idea that I wrote Barbara asking her to incorporate the same idea into a couple of extra straps which she’s having made for me. Thank you so very much!
Lt. Robert Taylor, 1945
As for having the lighter engraved–in my first day off, I’ll be sure to bring it in the shop.*
Give my regards to your husband, and it was very nice seeing you both the other evening.
Thanks again, and good luck to you.
*Mrs. Cahn’s shop?
I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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Hello Judith! Very interesting to read Mr. Taylor’s letter.He was very attentive and knew how to be grateful to people for theies gifts. And the lighter given to him by Barbara he lost or am i wrong?
You’re right, Lina, he lost Barbara Stanwyck’s lighter while flying. It wouldn’t be the one he mentions here because it was already engraved.
He could have been buying a replacement lighter and having it engraved so that Barbara wouldn’t have been upset by the loss of the original.
What a great thought. Mr. Taylor said that Ms.Stanwyck would be furious when she found out he’d lost her gift. Thanks for writing.