GEORGE MURPHY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 01/20/1947 - HFSID 288783
GEORGE MURPHY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce George Murphy's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Murphy, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
Sale Price $488.75
GEORGE MURPHY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce George Murphy's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Murphy, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "George Murphy", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1947 January 20. George Murphy 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. Dancer/actor George Murphy (1902-1992) appeared in film musicals of the 1930s, moving to dramatic roles in the late 1940s. He followed a path similar to that of his friend Ronald Reagan: switching party allegiance from Democratic to Republican, serving as President of the Screen Actors Guild, and winning election to the U.S. Senate from California in 1964.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. Staples holes at top edge. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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