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Ponick Laurel and Hardy Collection

Summary Information
Title: Ponick Laurel and Hardy Collection
Dates: 1924-1987
Creator: Ponick, David and Minette
Extent: 10 boxes Extent: ( 5 cubic feet)
Location: Mezzanine
Language: English
Collection Number: PA 86
Abstract:
Photographic stills, prints, autographed photos, articles, clippings and other memorabilia related to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (as Laurel and Hardy,) actors and comedians.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts Division

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Dr. David & Dr. Minette Ponick are alumni of the University and taught psychology here. A large part of the collection came from the late actor George Jessel (1898-1981), who sold it in 1972. Jessel owned a photography company that took publicity photos of motion picture productions. The Ponicks acquired the collection from a collector on the West Coast, who had bought the materials from Jessell.

After acquiring the collection, the Ponicks devoted a good deal of time and money to enlarging it until it became quite likely the largest private collection of Laurel & Hardy. They supplied photos to the John Gallos Sunday Comedy Show on WCCO-TV, which featured Laurel & Hardy films. They attended two conventions of the Sons of the Desert (the L & H fan club) in Los Angeles and Chicago and purchased materials as well as collecting the programs and other souvenirs handed out at the conventions. The Ponicks also corresponded with the widows of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and included letters from them in the collection.

All of the material in the collection was photographed by the Ponicks and these prints and negatives were also included in the gift as well as a complete index of the collection. The materials were acquired by the University of Minnesota Libraries in October, 2006.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open and available for use by the public; no commercial reproductions available.

Copyright:

See Curator for copyright information.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by the donors and archives staff.

Preferred Citation:

PA86 Ponick Laurel and Hardy Collection, Performing Arts Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Laurel and Hardy stills
  • Scripts
  • Autographs
  • Pressbooks
  • Magazines
  • Articles
  • Obituaries
  • Convention Memorabilia
  • Miscellaneous memorabilia

Biographical and Historical Note

Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on 16 June 1890 in Ulverston, England; died on 23 February 1965.

Oliver Hardy was born Norvell Hardy on 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia; died on 7 August 1957.

Hal Roach paired Laurel with Hardy at the Hal Roach Studios in 1926, as silent films were nearing their end; three of their films employ a comedy device variously known in the comedy vocabulary around Hal Roach Studios as civilized violence, mutual abuse, or reciprocal destruction. Laurel & Hardy adapted with ease to talking in movies. Their voices matched their screen personalities.

Laurel & Hardy also utilized a whole inventory of pantomimic mannerisms, devices and props which distinguished their work: the derbies, the cry, the hairstyles, the long- suffering camera looks, the eye-blink, the back-breaking pratfalls, the white magic, the tie-twiddle. Their active partnership lasted a quarter century.

(Adapted from: Richard W. Bann, a film historian and co-author of "The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang" (New York, 1992) which appeared on the following web site: Laurel and Hardy Official Web Site: http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/html/home1.html.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

There are about 2440 8 x 10 stills, most in black in white, some in hand-tinted color; 12 scripts (all but one are Xerox copies); 42 autographs on stills, postcards, etc; 6 original pressbooks; 7 film magazines from 1930s containing articles about L & H; 14 color movie posters; 30 articles and clippings; 15 L& H convention memorabilia. About 50 Our Gang/Little Rascal 8 x 10 stills. Some of these actors also appeared in Laurel & Hardy films.

Detailed Contents
 Location  Title
 
Laurel and Hardy Stills (Photographs)  
 
A CHUMP AT OXFORD  
 
A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO  
 
A PERFECT DAY  
 
AIR RAID WARDENS  
 
ANOTHER FINE MESS  
 
ANGORA LOVE  
 
ANY OLD PORT  
 
BABES IN TOYLAND  
 
BATTLE OF THE CENTURY  
 
BEAU HUNKS  
 
BE BIG  
 
BELOW ZERO  
 
BERTH MARKS  
 
BIG BUSINESS  
 
BIG NOISE, THE  
 
BLOCKHEADS, THE  
 
BLOTTO  
 
BOHEMIAN GIRL, THE  
 
BONNIE SCOTLAND  
 
BRATS  
 
BULLFIGHTERS, THE  
 
BUSY BODIES  
 
CALL OF THE CUCKOO  
 
CHICKENS COME HOME  
 
CHIMP, THE  
 
COME CLEAN  
 
COUNTY HOSPITAL  
 
DANCING MASTERS, THE  
 
DIRTY WORK  
 
DOUBLE WHOOPPEE  
 
EARLY TO BED  
 
FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN, THE  
 
FINISHING TOUCH, THE  
 
FIXERS-UPPERS, THE  
 
FLYING DEUCES, THE  
 
FLYING ELEPHANTS  
 
FRA DIAVOLO  
 
FROM SOUP TO NUTS  
 
GOING BYE-BYE  
 
GREAT GUNS  
 
HABEAS CORPUS  
 
HALF-A-MAN  
 
HATS OFF  
 
HELPMATES  
 
HOG WILD  
 
HOLLYWOOD PARTY  
 
HOLLYWOOD REVUE OF 1929  
 
HOOSEGOW  
 
JITTERBUGS  
 
LAUGHING GRAVY  
 
L and H MURDER CASE  
 
LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING  
 
LIBERTY  
 
LIVE GHOST, THE  
 
ME AND MY PAL  
 
MEN O'WAR  
 
MIDNIGHT PATROL  
 
MUSIC BOX  
 
NIGHT OWLS  
 
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE  
 
ONE GOOD TURN  
 
OUR RELATIONS  
 
OUR WIFE  
 
PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES  
 
PARDON US  
 
PERFECT CLOWN  
 
PRIVATE LIFE OF OLIVER 8  
 
PUTTING PANTS ON PHILLIP  
 
ROGUE SONG  
 
SAILORS BEWARE  
 
SAPS AT SEA  
 
SCRAM  
 
SECOND HUNDRED YEARS  
 
SHOULD M. MEN GO HOME  
 
SONS OF THE DESERT  
 
SWISS MISS  
 
SUGAR DADDIES  
 
THAT'S MY WIFE  
 
THEIR FIRST MISTAKE  
 
THEIR PURPLE MOMENT  
 
THEM THAR HILLS  
 
THEY GO BOOM  
 
THICKER THAN WATER  
 
TIT FOR TAT  
 
THIRTY YEARS OF FUN  
 
TOWED IN A HOLE  
 
TWICE TWO  
 
TWO TARS  
 
WAY OUT WEST  
 
WE FAW DOWN  
 
WRONG AGAIN  
 
YOU'RE DARN TOOTIN'  
 
UTOPIA  
 
UNIDENTIFIED  
 
HAND TINTS  
 
 
 
Laurel and Hardy Scripts  
 
The Fixer Uppers  
Note  Original
23pages
 
A Chump At Oxford  
Note  Copy
20pages
 
A Perfect Day  
Note  Copy
14pages
 
Beau Hunks  
Note  Copy
26pages
 
Be Big  
Note  Copy
26pages
 
Berth Marks  
Note  Copy
7pages
 
Blotto  
Note  Copy
28pages
 
Bonnie Scotland  
Note  Copy
73pages
 
Brats  
Note  Copy
17pages
 
Men O’War  
Note  Copy
11pages
 
They Go Boom  
Note  Copy
12pages
 
Why Girls Love Sailors  
Note  Copy
21pages
 
Laurel and Hardy Autographs (with others)  
 
Darla Hood  
Note  8x10still
Conway Barker
1982
 
Lucille Hardy  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Darla Hood*  
Note  8x10photo
Chicago
1978
 
Marvin Hattley  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Rosina Lawrence  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Ben Price  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Della Lind  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Hal Roach  
Note  8x10still
Conway Barker
1978
 
Rosina Lawrence  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Thomas Benton Roberts  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Hal Roach  
Note  FirstDayIssue
Conway Barker
1979
 
Thomas Benton Roberts  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Lois Laurel  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Lois Laurel  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  Postcard
Conway Barker
1978
 
(back side)  
 
Virginia Ruth Laurel  
Note  Letter
Conway Barker
1978
 
(back side)  
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  Postcard
Conway Barker
1978
 
(back side)  
 
Billy Gilbert  
Note  8x10still
Neale Lannigan
1975
 
Billy Gilbert  
Note  on paper
Neale Lannigan
1975
 
Mae Busch  
Note  on note card
Hollywood Legends1995
 
Lucille Hardy Price  
Note  personal station
Ponicks home
1974
 
(back side)  
 
Oliver Hardy  
Note  8x10still
Lucille Hardy Price
1974
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  8x10still
Conway Barker
1987
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  4x6photo
Conway Barker
1987
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  Postcard
Conway Barker
1987
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  Postcard
Conway Barker
1987
 
(back side)  
 
Ida/Stan Laurel  
Note  Signed lease
Lynn Pruett
1985
 
Hal Roach  
Note  4x6Card
Lynn Pruett
1985
 
Anita Garvin Stanley  
Note  Official Program
Ponicks
1978
 
Darla Hood  
Note  Chicago 1978
 
Della Lind Address  
 
(inside page)  
 
(inside page)  
 
Our Gang  
Note  8x10still
Hollywood
1980
 
Eugene Jackson  
 
Jackie Davis  
 
Joe Cobb  
 
Marianne Edwards Provincio  
 
John Guedel  
 
Sunshine Sammy  
 
Marvin “Bubbles” Strin  
 
Sidney “The Woim” Kibrick  
 
Buckwheat**  
 
Our Gang Café  
Note  Original Menu
Hollywood
1980
 
Stan Laurel  
Note  1/4Sheet-Color
Hollywood
1980
 
Laurel and Hardy Press Books  
 
Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy  
Note  Original
1947 1pg
 
Crazy World of L and H  
Note  Original
1965 5pgs
 
L and H Laughing 20's  
Note  Original
1965 4pgs
 
Great Guns  
Note  Original
1940 1pg
 
Swiss Miss  
Note  Original
1938 16pgs
 
Men O’War  
Note  Original
1929 4pgs
 
Laurel and Hardy Magazines  
 
Classic Pictorial of Screen & Stage  
Note  Original
Aug 1924
 
Headlines  
Note  Original
Dec 1977
 
Motion Picture Herald  
Note  Original
13-Jun 1931
 
Movie Life  
Note  Original
Feb 1945
 
Screen Book  
Note  Original
July 1929
 
Motion Picture Herald  
Note  Original
30-Jul 1932
 
The New Movie Magazine  
Note  Original
April 1930
 
Laurel and Hardy Articles  
 
L’Illustrazione Italiana  
Note  Cinema Section
11x15
 
Lost Films of L and H Rediscovered  
Note  News 12-18-82
2x11
 
Here’s How to Tell a Joke in 8 Easy  
Note  Portland News
6x8
 
Lessons: Oliver Hardy & Harry Langdon  
 
Harry Langdon, Shirley Dean  
Note  Portland News 1939
5x8
 
All Portland Awaits “Zenobia”  
Note  Portland News 1939
6x9
 
Laurel by Hardy & Hardy by Laurel  
Note  Film Pictorial 9-30-33
8x11
 
Toyland to be Featured at Broadway  
Note  Portland News
 
Meet Grandniece of Mae Busch  
Note  1962 2pg color
5x7
 
Critic Review: “The Devil’s Brother” 1933  
Note  2x7
 
Laurel & Hardy Get a New Lease  
Note  News 6-22-68
2x7
 
L and H Lead Mother Goose Parade  
Note  Daily News 12-13-34
4x9
 
“The Devil’s Brother”  
Note  Publicity Release
10x14
 
“Swiss Miss”  
Note  Portland News
6x6
 
“Dirty Work”  
Note  Film Fun 33-34
7x10
 
“Zenobia” Hollwood Premiere  
Note  Portland News 1939
6x6
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Release 1936
6x6
 
“Wissen 1st Macht” German  
Note  News Ad 1940
5x2
 
“Les As d’Oxford” French  
Note  News Ad 1940
5x2
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x2
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x2
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x2
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x2
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x6
 
“The Bohemian Girl”  
Note  News Ad 4-36
4x6
 
“Fighting Kentuckian”  
Note  The Photoplayer 2-11-50 3x3
 
Broadway to Film “Zenobia”  
Note  Portland News
2x4
 
“Babes in Toyland”  
Note  News Ad 1934
4x8
 
“Babes in Toyland”  
Note  News Ad 1934
8x10
 
“Rogue’s Song”  
Note  Film Fun 3-34
3x5
 
“Sons of the Desert”  
Note  Film Fun 2-34
5x8
 
Laurel and Hardy Obituaries  
 
Stan Laurel is Dead  
Note  News 2-23-65
2x20
 
The Laurel Humor  
Note  News 2-23-65
2x9
 
Stan Laurel’s Death Shows  
Note  The Gasette 3-2-65
4x7
 
Hollywood Neglect  
 
Heart Attack Takes Stan Laurel, 74  
Note  News 2-23-65
6x4
 
Slapstick Star Laurel dies, 74  
Note  The Star 2-23-65
5x10
 
Comedian Laurel Heart Victon, 74  
Note  Boston Herald 2-24-65
5x10
 
Great Comic’s Epitaph: “It’s Been a Great Life”  
Note  NY Jrnl American 2-24-65 8x10
 
Stan Laurel is Dead at 74  
Note  NY Herald 2-24-65
7x21
 
Darla Hood of Our Gang Comedies  
Note  Blackhawk Film Digest 79 8x11
 
Darla Hood  
Note  News 6-13-79
2x5
 
Laurel and Hardy Convention Memorablia  
 
Chicago Convention Memorabilia  
 
Tag board Hat from Banquet  
 
President Carter’s Letter  
 
List of L and H Tents  
 
3 L and H Bumper Stickers  
 
Large and small commemorative  
 
Complete Registration Packet  
 
From Soup to Nuts Newsletter  
 
Hollywood Convention Memorabilia  
 
Complete Registration Packet  
 
Convention Postcards  
 
Bumper Stickers  
 
Official Program  
 
Wisconsin Banner  
 
Sew on L and H Patches  
 
L and H Pins, Key ring  
 
Miscellaneous literature  
 
Laurel and Hardy Miscellaneous Memorablia  
 
12x16 Hollywood 80 Convention Matted Logo  
 
11x14 L and H Illustrations on board backing  
 
Package of numerous L and H news releases  
 
Official Escheteon  
 
1973 + 1978 L and H Calendars  
 
L and H Deck of Cards  
 
Little Big Book  
 
2-L and H Comic Books (Mexico)  
 
2-45rpm Records “Trail of Lonesome Pine” and “The Elopement”  
 
2-Blackhawk L and H films “Double Whoopee” and Tit for Tat”  
 
Hal Roach Studio 1930's Letterhead - Original