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CATHERINE CRAIG - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/12/1946 - HFSID 289287

CATHERINE CRAIG Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Craig's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans). She has signed twice, once as an autograph example and also to give consent. Her sample is a stylized one.

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CATHERINE CRAIG
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Craig's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans). She has signed twice, once as an autograph example and also to give consent. Her sample is a stylized one. A perfectly verified example of a rare signature!
Document signed twice: "Catherine Craig","Cordially,/Catherine/Craig" {same "C" used for all 3 words}. 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 June 12. Craig grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use her 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. She signs with the understanding that she will accrue no financial benefit or obligation. Catherine Craig (1915-2004), born to American parents in Santiago, Chile, was married to actor Robert Preston from 1940 until his death in 1987. The same year she married Preston, she appeared in her first film, the Boris Karloff vehicle Doomed to Die. She played small roles until 1947, when she received more prominent parts in Seven Were Saved and The Pretender, followed by Albuquerque in 1948. She fell short of stardom, however, and retired from the screen in 1950. 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." Filing holes at left edge. Paper clip imprints at top left corner. Top edge creased. Otherwise, fine condition.


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