GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED - HFSID 289089
GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce George Hayes's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by George Hayes once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce George Hayes's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by George Hayes once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Goerge "Gabby" Hayes", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, no date. George Hayes grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, 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. Character actor George "Gabby" Hayes (1885-1969, born in Wellsville, New York) is best remembered as the colorful, talkative and fearless sidekick of such movie cowboy greats as William Boyd, Hoot Gibson and Roy Rogers. He started out in vaudeville and began appearing in 1920s westerns, typically cast as a villain in John Wayne films. Hayes became a comic cowboy sidekick in the mid-1930s. Over his long career, he appeared in over 200 westerns. The Gabby Hayes Show was televised on NBC (1950-1954) and ABC (1956). On the program, he showed clips from his old westerns. 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 edge. ½x¼ inch piece missing from left edge. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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