EUBIE BLAKE - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1972 - HFSID 13933
Sale Price $162.00
Eubie Blake signed his name in the return address of this manila envelope to Francis Schillinger of New York in 1972. He also initialed the envelope in the lower left corner.
Autograph Envelope signed: "from/Eubie Blake" in return address and "PLEASE DO NOT BEND/thank you. E. B./FIRST CLASS MAIL.", 12¼x9¼ manila envelope. Postmarked Brooklyn, New York, March 17, 1972. Hand-addressed "To Mrs. Francis Schillinger", New York City. With five 8¢ purple-and-white Dwight Eisenhower stamps affixed. The son of slaves, Blake (1883-1983) met musician Noble Sissle in 1915. Together they helped create the Broadway show Shuffle Along, whose cast included Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson.Many of Blake's most famous songs came from Shuffle Along, including I'm Just Wild about Harry and Love Will Find a Way. Performing at concerts until he was 99, Blake died five days after his 100th birthday. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Signatures and address bled slightly but are still legible. Envelope was closed with metal fastener and opened neatly on left edge. Folded once near bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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