HAROLD LLOYD - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/31/1946 - HFSID 289118
Sale Price $850.00
HAROLD LLOYDConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Harold Lloyd's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Lloyd, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Harold Lloyd", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 31. Harold Lloyd 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. Harold Lloyd (1894-1971) made his film debut in 1912 with the Edison Company as an extra. Over the next few years, he had bit parts in Keystone and Universal comedies. In 1916-1917,Lloyd appeared in about 100 shorts for Hal Roach as Lonesome Luke, a character they created. In 1917, Roach experimented with a new character for Lloyd: an average young man wearing a pair of oversized black horn-rimmed glasses that were to become Lloyd's trademark for the rest of his brilliant comedy career. Despite his bookish look, Lloyd's films were characterized by comedy situations involving dangerous stunts in which no doubles were ever used, resulting in Lloyd being nicknamed "The King of Daredevils". Lloyd dangling from atop a skyscraper with nothing to hold on to but the hand of a clock (Safety Last, 1923) is one of the most famous scenes in the history of film comedy. In the 1920s, his films often outdrew those of his rivals, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, at the box office. 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. Paperclip indentation at top left and bottom right. Unknown stain above autograph sample. Pencil mark and notes (unknown hand). Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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