HARRY WELDON - AUTOGRAPH 1917 - HFSID 160742
Sale Price $90.00
Signed during World War I, when his stage performances helped sustain British morale. Extremely rare signature!
Signature: "Harry Weldon/1917", 3x3¼. English comedian and singer Harry Weldon (1882-1930) first stepped on a music hall stage in 1900, and was so popular he was booked in London by the following year. His trademark phrase was, "S'no use!" Among his comic characters was "Stiffy the Goalkeeper", first created in a sketch with a then unknown actor named Charlie Chaplin when both worked for the Fred Carno company in 1907. Weldon also made many recordings, including the popular "I'm Goin' to See Old Virginie". Weldon's performances were considered great morale boosters for the British public during World War I. He appeared in Royal Variety Performances in 1922, his relatively "clean" monologues gaining him a platform denied many music hall stars. Irregularly cut. Corners and edges slightly worn. Slightly silvered. Adhesive residue on verso. Light surface creases (not seen head on). Otherwise, fine condition.
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