Dramatic Lessons at the Chelsea, June 1903

Edith took her daily dramatic lessons for the Opera Stage with Miss Collins who apparently resided and/or worked in the Chelsea in 1903. Edith writes home to Vermont at the beginning of a letter “These are Busy days with me and yet encouraging ones. My dramatic lessons are coming on nicely and my singing lessons splendidly. I enclose a note from Miss Collins to Miss Schirmer in ….. to an advertisement for singers that she thought we might like to answer. I am getting my body limbered up and under splendid control and do enjoy my lessons very much.

…Mrs. Marin was here today and wanted to be remembered to Mamma. She has united Miss Schirmer, Miss McKay and we up there to dinner Thursday evening and I am to sing and she is going to invite several musical people who have influence to hear me.”

… Went up to Kilmers yesterday and they were simply delighted to hear all I had to tell them of the Conried business and Miss Collins. Kit says, “Why it is no more than I expected. I expected Conried’s man would like your singing.” You (Edith’s parents) ask if I expect to get before Mr. Conried. Of course , I Dothere doesn’t seem to be any doubt about it.”

June 23, 1903 a note from Miss Collins that had a job possibility attached to it, [the advertised job missing now.]

June 23, 1903 a note from Miss Collins that had a job possibility pinned to the corner where tear is, [the advertised job missing now.] The “dear girl” referenced is Edith Vail Ross

NY chelsea hotel
Modern View of the Chelsea, NYC

More Info:
“The 1883 Chelsea Hotel” by Daytonian in Manhattan

There are great stories and some interior photos on this write up, Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel at Midnight

And of course the location has been a central character in many modern songs

And Joni Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning” from 1969

About Guenevere Crum

Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler - Vail Ross heritage since 1999.
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One Response to Dramatic Lessons at the Chelsea, June 1903

  1. Pingback: O’Where, O’Where in the World Might the Photographs Be? | edithandpaul

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