ADOLPHE MENJOU - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/18/1946 - HFSID 289157
ADOLPHE MENJOU Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Adolphe Menjou's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Menjou, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Adolphe Menjou's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Menjou, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Adolphe J. Menjou" and "Adolphe Menjou", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 18. Adolphe Menjou grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Stage, screen and television actor Adolphe Menjou (1890-1963) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Front Page (1930-1931 Academy). Known for his waxed black mustache and stylish wardrobe, he usually appeared as a dapper man-of-the world in more than 100 films, including A Woman of Paris (1923), Morocco (1930), Little Miss Marker (1934), Stage Door (1937), A Star is Born (1937) and Paths of Glory (1957). His other films include A Farewell to Arms (1932) and Pollyanna (1960), and Menjou also hosted several TV series, including My Favorite Story (1953-1954) and Target. His 1948 autobiography was appropriately titled, It Took Nine Tailors.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. Staple holes at left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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