W.C. FIELDS Original Prohibition-era W.C. Fields comedy sketch. Manuscript Comedy Sketch titled and signed: "One of the six best Cellars/By/W.C. Fields", 13¼p, 6x8¼, separate sheets. No place, no date. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect on January 16, 1920. As of that date, "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited." Prohibition is the topic of this comedy sketch, One of the Six Best Cellars, which is written with a bit of satire. The phrase "six best cellars" was an expression first used in 1920 referring to the best hideaways where liquor was stored during Prohibition. The phrase was used in a "Los Angeles Herald" story on December 8, 1920 stating that actress Mabel Normand, known to be a heavy drinker, had one of the "six best cellars" of Prohibition liquor in the Hollywood film colony. Although not dated, this comedy sketch was likely written during the Prohibition era. In the early 1920s Fields wrote many comedy sketches while performing in New York's vaudeville, most notably in the Ziegfeld Follies read more...
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RAY BOLGER. Stock Certificate endorsed: "Ray Bolger". 1p, 11x7¾. No place, 1930 March 26. No. 852. Certifying "that Ray Bolger is the owner of One Hundred Shares of the full Paid and Non-Assessable Shares of the Common Stock of Stein Cosmetic Company, Inc." read more...
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ED WYNN 1932 certificate for 250 shares in Wynn Commercial Enterprises, signed by actor and comedian Ed Wynn as president to his brother Leon Leopold, trustee to his first wife Hilda Keenan Wynn Stock certificate signed "Ed Wynn" as President in black ink and by secretary in green ink. read more...
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