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ANDY DEVINE - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED CIRCA 1946 - HFSID 289297

ANDY DEVINE Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Andy Devine's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Andy Devine, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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Condition: slightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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ANDY DEVINE
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Andy Devine's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Andy Devine, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: '"Andy Devine", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, no date. Andy Devine 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. Andy Devine (1905-1977, born Jeremiah Schwartz), appeared in silent films, but was afraid his rasping voice, the result of a childhood injury, would exclude him from the talkies. On the contrary, it helped make him the quintessential comic sidekick, first in films to Richard Arlen (1939-1941) and Roy Rogers (late 1940s), then on TV to Guy Madison's Wild Bill Hickock (1951-1958), remembered for his line, "Hey, Wild Bill! Wait for me." He hosted a popular children's TV program in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Devine was also a regular on Jack Benny's radio show from 1937. 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. Normal mailing folds. Slightly soiled. Slightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand), not affecting signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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