Times Signal from Zanesville, Ohio on January 11, 1925 · Page 29
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Times Signal from Zanesville, Ohio · Page 29

Zanesville, Ohio
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Sunday, January 11, 1925
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"I'm sorry," he is reported to have told his father, "but I think I'll have to cast my lot among the live ones." . He did. "Handsome Charlie" became a theatrical publicity promoter and later a producer, and his sensational, sky-rocket press work made more than one 'town in the United States fairly. rattle. ,, . , But now Charlie is back among the tomb; stones, The reason? Well, her name \VAb Astrid OHson but she is now Mrs. Blake. And Charlie himself has become a practically infallible mausoleum salesman. TJie moral suggested is two-fold: ' . First -- That good salesman can sell anything. Second -- That "even a go-getter is not immune from the ravages of love. . When Charlie Blake first came op to Cnicago from college love was certainly not on his menu. If he thought of it at all, he considered it merely an appendage to the main business of liie. It was certainly nothing to break the stride of a sure-fire, high-pressure, all-American go-getter. In fact when Charlie went into action in Chicago as a press agent it looked as if nothing short of a "gi' ade A calamity -- a cyclone or an earthquake-- would break his stride. Not since the days of Anna.Held's milk bachs toe celebrated "Greenwich Village Follies." ? 4s theatrical people will invariably do, Cnailie ; Vent over to have a look at the rival attraction. .. He's never been the same man since. For irom out of that empurpled melange of lace ana limbs came the face of a girl-- such a girl as had never been seen before on land, sea, in the air or m anv possible fourth dimensional realm of the imagination. Not by "Handsome Charlie" Blake at anv rate. , , . According to Charlie, he felt an upheaval m the midriff and began to shiver from head to foot, even though the temperature of the build- in? was well within the limits required by tne Boston Board of Health. "Did you see that girl?". lie asked breathlessly of his neighbor. "Did I?" responded the Bostonian. I should say I did. I never saw such a face on a dame since the old burlesque days when -"We're evidently not talking about the same o-irl " said Charlie coldly. ' * Thumbing through his prog-ram, he discovered that her name was Astrid Ohlson, and judging from the prominence of her billing-, he concluded that she was the prima donna. \fter the performance was over, Charlie hurried around to the stage entrance. He spoke . to the oTay-whiskered watch-dog stationed there. "I'd like to see Miss Onlsor -' tlle leatiin S Jad y ° f 'Sthin'^oinY' replied the Watchdog. "i\o mashers allowed around here.'' "Now look here, my man," 'declared Charlie. "I'm no masher. I'm in the show business, rm the manager of "Simon Called Peter.' " Latest Portrait of ^"Handsome Charlie" Blsike, Wearing the Sure-fire, High- pressure 100 1'er Cent Smile That Helped Him Sell Tombs to Some of the Richest Families in America. T f - " 4t this time "Handsome Cnarlie s personal background was something of a mystery. JSo- body suspected that he had any connection with the prosperous Blake tombstone family. Nooodj e v e n knew where he lived. For Charlie had determined that he would be known by his works or not at-all. After a season o± feverish activity in Chicago, Charlie Blake^took to the road with "Simon Called Peter," in which he had an interest. This was in 1923, w h e n Charlie was twenty-five years old and free from love. Charlie and his play arrived in Boston .about the same time as . "Is t h a t sof said the Watchdog. "Well I don't care if vo-u're the man- a o-er of all the Twelve Apostles, The Handsome Family Mausoleum Erected Recently for E. H. Gary at Wheaton, attentions Doth in Sweden, where At of an American sales promoter. Charlie woum have been irresistible to most maidens by -the sheer forc° of lis onset, and Miss Ohlson proved no exception. But she held out for one thing. "ITi ne'er marrv a man," she said, "who na5 ' r t wS^e show : |gJ*523BSK3r pose - . ' c 1 a Cost of $350,000. This Was One of the "Tombstone Landed by "Handsome Charlies" Live Wire Sales Methods. y o u can't s e e M i s s Ohlson. She don't affiliate with s t a g e d o o r -Johns." "Let me see the maa* ager." "He's at the hotel." Charlie immediately taxied up to the Copley- Plaza and laid his petition before the manager of the "Follies." To his surprise he was met with a c o l d refusal. B u t Charlie wasn't stopped for long. He wasn't the best press agent in Chicago for nothing. Inquiring around, he found out that the "Follies" c o m p a n y w a s booked to do a broadcasting act at a Boston radio plant. He immediately offered the services of the "Simon Called Peter" company and was accepted. When the two theatrical t r o u p e s were iissepibled at the broadcasting plant, it was only natural that they should mingle with each other in a friendly way.' So presently it came about that Mr. Charles Blake ··vas being introduced to M i s s Astrid O h l s o n ·under perfectly innocent and formal circumstances. What followed was certainly a revelation to Miss Ohlson. Being a girl of superior gifts and perfectly s t u n n i n g boRuty. sh« had naturally been the recipient limp lie meauea wiui "3 "i"i "··-- one all up and down the Eastern .seaboard she was Lmovable, Finally he went back, tt Chicago and talked it over With some of juf He^really hated to give up the show business. -foreover. he had no talent for anything else. " 10 "° « Nonsense ,» his friends told him, :??A man like you could sell anything.' ,, : "Anything?" he echoed. "Do you.sup- ,se Tcould sell tombstones?" . , Why, my dear fellow," one 01 them insisted,' "with your persuasive powers you could sell tombstones to the Life Extension Institute." . , Thus it was that. "Handsome ~~~ Charlie" Blake recanted . of hii decision to have nothing to do * with the mausoleum industry. "He applied for a place in his father's organization and was accepted. Almost immediately he began to apply the same methods of promotion that he had used so successfully with his theatrical enterprises. As a direct result, the Charles G. Blake Co landed contracts for mausoleums with E. H. Gary, Marshall Field, the Potter Palmer Estate, Louis Swift and others. One would have though, in fact, from the way that the Blake monument company began to book orders for million dollar mausoleums that half the millionaires in Illinois were expecting to be carried off, momentarily, to their'makers. Or perhaps that they hat! become imbued with the same idea that animated the ancient Pharaohs and caused them to spend most of their lives in the construction of the places where they would repose after they had departed. But neither was the case. It wa: simply a natural response to Charlie's irresistible approach Persons who expected to live a hundred years simply couldn't keep down their enthusiasm for tombs, rnfinnrnf-nf s f.\\ M4V!.-,!.,,... TM ,._i.... - - , -- ..^, , u i j i HAJ i n ; I) |" ' I t ' !· !)!)( I \V I T ft f\, 1*11'ill iowinJi^nnnSthSn^ 0 KCnl ' the fGl - MaSZmVr^TM' 1m lho Mrt «» ° f ^ Miss Ohlson responded in this his sweetheart the who IP svorv H " i l - f £^'£*i" nr-xt dav T - 3Ve t0 iK;rsun ' 1 « "fir. She quit the Lti* dini^XlT^' 1 '"^'.'Wri. A of K U f - t i v - " J l l l f - VMn made vice-prpsidenfo "Chadtn 1 , uoSlW L ^ aS lho f S "AlTjo^n/^^^ intrTli'irtn in -Tr. .-L . k - ' · ' * · · l.t these old fri throwing re; his perfervii theatre . --, . ,.. ltj j. And JU4, Lli.-u they caught Charlis «;s at, tno reminders of t days. a! isfir-d^ -with tombstones about it. to his wife. B tells her, "what a "live tfrs. Charles E. Blake. Formerly Astrid Ohlson, the "Swedish Mary Garden," Who Swopped Her Stage Career for a Husband. » *'**** KFW

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