FRED ASTAIRE - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/05/1946 - HFSID 289207
Sale Price $510.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Fred Astaire's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Astaire, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Fred Astaire", at the left side she writes "Photo under separate cover", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 August 5. Fred Astaire 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. Fred Astaire (1899-1987, born Frederic Austerlitz, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska) began his career touring in the vaudeville circuit with his sister Adele as a dancing partner. After many stage hits, he was given a screen test resulting in the famous verdict: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In the 1930s, he was paired with Ginger Rogers in ten films and continued to dominate musical films in the 1940s. Astaire was a recipient of a special Academy Awardin 1949 for his contribution to films and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno in 1974. 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 (worn, pencil lines (unknown hand) drawn from holes to left edge). Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom right. Lightly toned at top. Otherwise, fine condition.
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