ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 12/18/1946 - HFSID 289120
Sale Price $467.50
LOU COSTELLOConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Lou Costello's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Costello, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Lou Costello", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 December 18. Lou Costello 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. With partner Bud Abbott, Lou Costello (1906-1959) 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 1951-1954. 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." Three filing holes at left (worn). Paperclip indentation at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Ink and pencil notes (not affecting signatures). Otherwise, fine condition.
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