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Original Art signed: "David Rubinoff/Wolverine Hotel/Detroit, Mich/Nov 15 - 1958" to right of lower left portrait. B/w, 13¾x17 overall, with three hand-drawn portraits of Rubinoff, b/w, 3¼x3¼ (upper left), 3½x4 (mid-right) and 5¼x8 (lower left).

Price: $480.00

Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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DAVID RUBINOFF. Original Art signed: "David Rubinoff/Wolverine Hotel/Detroit, Mich/Nov 15 - 1958" to right of lower left portrait. B/w, 13¾x17 overall, with three hand-drawn portraits of Rubinoff, b/w, 3¼x3¼ (upper left), 3½x4 (mid-right) and 5¼x8 (lower left). Headed: "'Reportraits' David Rubinoff by George Haessler". Written (by Haessler) at lower margin: "Trade-Mark Reg. U.S. Patent Office-/Copyright 1958 by George Haessler." In three boxes (drawn by Haessler in red ink), Rubinoff has written quotes. At upper margin is an AQS: "D.R." In full: "Rock n Roll belongs to the young people. There is nothing wrong with it so long as the arrangement is musically appropriate". In lower left box, Rubinoff has written: "The Violin is the only Instrument that can be adapted in all ages for all ages. They come in sizes ¼ ½ ¾ and Full size The violin is the King of all Instruments." Handwritten postscript: "P.S. People always ask about my Theme Radio Song." Beneath the postscript, Rubin has drawn a bar of music. At lower right margin, Rubinoff has written three quotes, separated by horizontal lines: "The Richest child is poor without musical knowledge.", "I feel in my heart that the greatest thing that God ever created is WORK" and "I must shall practice untill (sic) I die. Its (sic) a must". Violinist David Rubinoff (1897-1986), born in Grodno, Poland in the Russian Empire (now Hrodna, Belarus) began playing the violin at age five and performed with the Russian Army band before entering the Royal Conservatory of Music in Warsaw. For his graduation (at age 11), Rubinoff wrote "The Dance of the Russian Peasant", which he performed before an audience that included Victor Herbert. The composer, cellist and conductor brought Rubinoff and his family to the U.S., where Rubinoff performed at hotels and theatres before breaking into radio. Rubinoff, who headed his own orchestra and played with Eddie Cantor in theatres and on radio, was a featured performer (1930-1937) on the popular radio program, Chase & Sanborn Hour (hosted by Cantor), for which he wrote the overture, "Slavonic Fantasy". Rubinoff, who also was heard on radio shows for Rexall, Pebeco and Chevrolet, was an excellent showman, and he appeared as several films as well as on the stage. His credits include Morning, Noon and Night and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (both 1933 as a performer and conductor), Thanks a Million (1935), You Can't Have Everything (1937) and Melody Masters: Rubinoff and his Violin (1939), and Rubinoff was also a guest on TV's The Colgate Comedy Hour (1953). Dedicated to promoting a love for music in young people, Rubinoff performed at hundreds of school assemblies, and he also played in hospitals and prisons, entertained troops during WWII, Korea and Vietnam and gave concerts for Presidents Hoover, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. Rubinoff, who usually billed himself as "Rubinoff and his Violin", played a Stradivarius made in 1731 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy. Emblazoned with the crest of the Romanoff family, the instrument was believed to have been taken out of Russia during the Revolution of 1917. Lightly creased. Lower left blank corner chipped away, chipped at lower left blank edge, nicked at upper blank edge. Slightly soiled. Tape stains at blank corners, tackhead-size stain at lower margin nicks Rubinoff's jacket. Stray black ink marks at upper right margin of lower left box. Overall, fine condition.

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