GENE AUTRY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 252846
Sale Price $378.00
Signed b/w publicity photo of Gene Autry from the knees up, in uniform and standing in front of an American flag. Accompanied by sheet music for Autry's At Mail Call Today with a photo of "Sgt. GENE AUTRY" on the cover. Autry was an Army Air Corps sergeant during World War II.
Photograph signed "Gene Autry" in blue ink. B/w, 7¾x10, mounted on foam board. Lightly creased. Adhesive residue in upper left corner. Image is lightly scratched (not visible head-on). Errors in negative were reproduced in photo. Photo is separating from foam board. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned sheet music. 4 pages, 9x11¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso. With pencil notations inside in unknown hand. Copy of At Mail Call Today with a b/w photo of "Sgt. GENE AUTRY" in uniform on front cover. By Gene Autry and Fred Rose. ©1945 West'rn [sic] Music Publishing Co. of Hollywood, California. Lightly toned, foxed and creased. Sheet music is glued shut. Adhesive residue at top and bottom edges. Light tear at bottom edge. Rounded edges. Otherwise in fine condition. Gene Autry joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He helped ferry fuel and other supplies over the Himalayan Mountains to the China-India-Burma theatre, then was reassigned to the USO after the war. Autry was discharged in 1946. Autry (1907-1998, born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas), the original singing cowboy, appeared in his first western in 1934. He was the only western star to be listed among the top ten moneymakers from 1938 to 1942. In 1942, Autry was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for Be Honest With Me from his film Ridin' on a Rainbow. The Gene Autry Show was televised on CBS from 1950 to 1956, and The Adventures of Champion, which starred Autry's horse, also ran on CBS from 1955 to 1956. Scheduled opposite the popular series, Rin Tin Tin, it was cancelled in mid-season. Autry's business interests included a radio and TV chain, ranches, oil wells, a flying school, a music publishing company (he wrote 200 songs including "Here Comes Santa Claus") and the California Angels baseball team.
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