HARRY CHAMPION - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 161103
Sale Price $144.00
Signed sentiment of the Cockney comedian, singer of "Any Old Iron". Extremely rare!
Autograph sentiment signed: "Best wishes/from/Harry Champion/Any Old Iron", in black ink, 3½x1½ with small picture (not affixed). Harry Champion (born William Henry Crump, 1865-1942) became one of London's greatest music hall performers as a Cockney comedian. Making his stage debut at the Royal Victoria Music Hall at age 15 as Will Clay, he changed his name to Henry Champion in 1887 after joining the regular music halls of London's East End. There his original compositions, "Boiled Beef and Carrots" (1909), "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" (1910), "Any Old Iron" (1911) and "A Little Bit of Cucumber" (1915) became fan favorites. The onset of the First World War brought the music hall craze to a decline, however by the 1930s they resurged with new and old talents, Champion one of many veterans to return to stage. He continued to perform until ill health forced him into retirement, dying in 1942. Adhesive residue at right corner. Soiled. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower margin. Heavy adhesive residue on verso. Corners worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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