HERBERT MARSHALL - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 01/17/1947 - HFSID 289203
Sale Price $552.50
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Herbert Marshall's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Marshall, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Herbert Marshall", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1947 January 17. Herbert Marshall grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. HerbertMarshall (1890-1966) was a British actor who got his start on the stage in 1911 and became a star in 1913's Brewster's Millions. Shortly after this, he was shipped off to fight in World War I and had his leg amputated after being wounded. But the loss of a leg didn't slow down his career a bit; he just got fitted for a prosthesis and continued acting. Marshall had a total of 6 Broadway plays between 1922 and 1932 and a total of 90 movies and TV shows between 1927 and 1965, first as a romantic lead and later in character roles. He's probably best known as Geoffrey Wolfe in The Moon and Sixpence (1943) and author W. Somerset Maugham in The Razor's Edge (1946), both films based on Maugham's works. 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 fling holes at left 9worn). Normal mailing folds. Ink and pencil note (unknown hand). Slightly creased. Slightly toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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