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BING CROSBY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/12/1946 - HFSID 289229

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Bing Crosby's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by Crosby to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!

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BING CROSBY
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Bing Crosby's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by Crosby to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed: "Bing Crosby", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 June 12. Bing Crosby 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. Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (1904-1977) won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor for Going My Way. He was also nominated for Best Actor Oscars for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and The Country Girl (1954). Known for his relaxed "crooning" style of singing, Crosby recorded more than 1,600 songs that sold at least 500 million copies. His 1942 single of "White Christmas" sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling single in any music category for more than 50 years. 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). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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