183 Young St.
Long Island City. N.Y.
May 21, 1914.
My dear Tom:-
I am pleased to hear that you are enjoying yourself by taking long pleasure trips in your auto. It must be great to go out sight seeing in the country, and especially this time of the year when everything is so fresh and green, or at least when you go out to take “Botany lessons”.
So far I’ve had only one exam, and that was last Mon. morning. The rest of the week I have been home studying for the coming exams for next week. I take the last one on the 28th.
On the 29th the Seniors are giving us Freshman the play “Les Romanesque” out on the Campus. I have secured an extra ticket; so if you have no previous engagement for that evening, I would be very pleased to have you accompany me to Barnard, i.e. if you care to go.
Last Mon. evening Auntie and I went to see “Things that Count.” Just wait until you get here I bet you will catch it. Auntie intended to see somebody entirely different from Ingeborg. She cannot see how she resembles her. We enjoyed every bit of the play. Auntie got two tickets for “To-day,” instead of getting them for the 28th for Clem and me, she got them for the 29th. As long as I am going to College that evening, she will have to go with Clem at the 48th St. Theatre.
We had Mr. Pacent’s company night before last out on the piazza. He was speaking of you and wished to be remembered to you. There seems to be a report out in Blissville that he’s married. This gossip seems to please him.
When you come here this Sat. you will see a couple of my photos taken in that beautiful Greek (night)-gown. Let us hope that it will (be) nice so that we can see a little more of Long Island.
With kindest regards I am,
Very sincerely yours,
(Comments: I’d be interested to know what Marie is referring to in regard to Thomas taking “botany lessons”. Also, as their theatre-going schedule continues apace, there are no less than three plays referenced here – first up, the Barnard production of “Les Romanesque” gets a write-up in the NY Times [Barnard is surely the darling of the Times, with many of their goings-on reported in the paper in this era!]. Next, “The Things That Count”, which was performed at William A. Brady’s Playhouse Theatre, 137 W 48th St, from Dec 1913 to June 1914; Marie references a character in the production [Ingeborg] played by the actress Hilda Englund, who apparently resembles her Auntie Annette! Annette disagrees, but see the photos below and judge for yourself [also included are ads for the play and the actual playbill]! The playbill below also references the next play mentioned, “To-Day”, playing at another of William A. Brady’s theatres, the 48th Street Theatre at 157 W 48th St [ad at bottom]. Also, we have a photo of Marie from 1914 in what I believe to be the Greek gown she refers to. And, dear readers, as the content continues to grow, I have [finally] added a text-based Search feature [at bottom] to find any word ever typed on this site. Lastly, I have FINALLY discovered who Mr. Pacent is! He is Louis G. Pacent, born in June 1893 in NYC [so 20 as of the date of this letter], who resided at 218 Young St, Blissville, NY [as noted on envelopes here addressed to her, Marie resided at 183 Young St]. As noted in Thomas’ letter here from December 1st, 1913, Thomas has an interest in “wireless telegraphy”, which led him to become acquainted with Mr. Pacent, who is a wireless salesman at this time. Pacent was also at this time one of the founders of the Radio Club of America [which Thomas would later join], already conducting wireless experiments and such, and, while I typically don’t like to jump the timeline, would become a pioneer in radio engineering and inventing, working with the inventor of FM radio, Edwin Armstrong, as Thomas also would. At bottom is a photo of Louis Pacent performing an experiment in 1914, a photo of him and Thomas Styles with others in 1925, and a newspaper article on him in 1926. So, it appears that future radio/wireless pioneer Louis Pacent was the key figure in Thomas and Marie coming together – he was a client/friend of his, and she was his neighbor!- TC)