ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/27/1945 - HFSID 343438
ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) The comedy great known for his partnership with Bud Abbott signs this check for $47.71 Check signed: "Lou Costello" in black ink. 7x3. December 27, 1945. Check no. 1503 drawn from the account of Lou Costello at Bank of America in Studio City, California. Payable for $47.71 to I.
Sale Price $552.50
ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO)
The comedy great known for his partnership with Bud Abbott signs this check for $47.71
Check signed: "Lou Costello" in black ink. 7x3. December 27, 1945. Check no. 1503 drawn from the account of Lou Costello at Bank of America in Studio City, California. Payable for $47.71 to I. Robert Broder. Endorser merits further research. Lou Costello (1906-1959), along with Bud Abbot, formed one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship, creating a magical chemistry that took them from vaudeville and burlesque to radio, Broadway, film and television. The Abbott & Costello Show aired on radio on ABC from 1941-1946 and on NBC from 1946-1949. Abbott and Costello were also guest hosts of NBC's hour-long live variety show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, seven times between 1951 and 1954. Their "Who's on First?" routine is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott and Costello split up in 1957 after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service left both men broke. 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." Lightly toned. Perforations on top and left edges. Bank stamps on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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