EDGAR KENNEDY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED CIRCA 1946 - HFSID 289211
Sale Price $680.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Edgar Kennedy's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Kennedy, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Edgar Kennedy", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, no place. Edgar Kennedy 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. Edgar Kennedy (1890-1948) broke into silent films in 1914, often cast as a villain in Mack Sennett comedies. He later excelled in other comic roles, co-starring with Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang and, in his last picture (Unfaithfully Yours, 1948) Doris Day. He made over 100 two-reelers for RKO studios, known collectively as his "Mr. Average Man" comedies. In these he played the long-suffering husband, a prototype of so many future TV sitcoms. Kennedy died of throat cancer one day before a Hollywood testimonial dinner was scheduled in his honor. 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. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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