GEORGE MONTGOMERY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 288776
GEORGE MONTGOMERY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce the actor's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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GEORGE MONTGOMERY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce the actor's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "George Montgomery", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. George Montgomery grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right 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. George Montgomery (1916-2000), born George Montgomery Letz, was an action hero of war and western films of the 1940s and 1950s. He also directed several films in the 1960s. A former heavyweight boxer and stunt man before becoming a leading man, Montgomery was married for nineteen years (1943-1962) to singer/TV personality Dinah Shore, appearing often on her show after their amicable divorce. He's best known for his starring roles in Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Cimarron City (1958). His Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction (Ladies in Retirement, 1941) foreshadowed his second successful career as a furniture designer. After retiring from acting, he concentrated on his various other interests, including sculpting and woodwork. He was a self-taught artist that put his skills to good use by building 11 homes. In 1981, he published an autobiography titled The Years of George Montgomery. 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. Normal mailing folds. Staple holes at top left. Lightly creased. Ink smudge (not on signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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