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...
Broadway Performers | Currency
HUMPHREY BOGART and MAYO METHOT BOGART. Ten Lire Allied Military Currency, 3x2½, signed on verso: "Mayo Methot Bogart" and her husband "Humphrey Bogart." Noted below to have been signed at the "26th General Hospital/Bari Italy/Jan. 1944. read more...
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BORIS KARLOFF - CURRENCY SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BOB HOPE, KEENAN WYNN, J. SAUNDERS, JACK CARSON, W. R. SPENCER BINGHAM, JOHN T. McCORMICK, ALICE W. McCORMICK, C. GILBERT SPERRY, PRESIDENT SERGIO OSMENA SR. (PHILLIPPINES), CHARLES R. FRAZIER, BILL THOMPSON, ALIZE V. ATKINS, FRANK CLEARY, A. R. MacDONALD, J. S. P. ARMSTRONG, C. W. METTLES, BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE, CARLOS P. ROMULO - HFSID 73800 Special SaleThis 1914 five-dollar reserve note is a fascinating piece of post-World War II history. It was signed by numerous actors, Philippine officials and American soldiers during USO tours hosted by Bob Hope, and includes the signatures of American Air Force General James H. Doolittle, Philippine officials Sergio Osmeña and Carlos P. Romulo and actors Boris Karloff, Jack Carson and Keenan Wynn. read more...
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VIVIEN LEIGH - CURRENCY SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: STEWART GRANGER, BASIL RADFORD, ERIC PORTMAN, ANTHONY ASQUITH, STANLEY HOLLOWAY, SIR JOHN MILLS - HFSID 67122ENGLISH ACTORS Nine English Actors sign a Great Britain one pound note on the back. One Pound note signed on verso: "Vivien Leigh", "John Mills", "Stanley Holloway", "Stewart Granger", "Eric Portman", "Anthony Asquith", "Rosamund John", "Dick Gardner", and "Basil Radford", 6x3¼. read more...
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