ABBOTT & COSTELLO (BUD ABBOTT) - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 12/18/1946 - HFSID 289119
Sale Price $450.00
BUD ABBOTTConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Bud Abbott's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Abbott, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Bud Abbott", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 December 18. Bud Abbott grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use his name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. Bud Abbott (1897-1974) formed with Lou Costello (1906-1959) one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business. With Abbott as straight man and Costello as clown, they found popular success from vaudeville and burlesque to radio, Broadway, films and television. Their "Who's on First?" routine is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott's last role was as his own voice in Hanna-Barbera's Abbott and Costello cartoon series.The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes at left (worn). Paperclip indentation. Normal mailing folds. Ink note (unknown hand). Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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