IRVING BERLIN - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 35280
IRVING BERLIN. First Day Cover signed: "Irving Berlin", 6¼x3½. FDC honoring the 50th Anniversary of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), 5-cent American Music stamp affixed, postmarked New York, N.Y., October 15, 1964, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.
Sale Price $680.00
IRVING BERLIN. First Day Cover signed: "Irving Berlin", 6¼x3½. FDC honoring the 50th Anniversary of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), 5-cent American Music stamp affixed, postmarked New York, N.Y., October 15, 1964, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. As both a composer and a publisher, Berlin was a long-time member of ASCAP. Irving Berlin (1888-1989), born Israel Isidore Baline in Tumen, Siberia, Russia, was such a force in American music that in 1924, when Berlin was just 37, songwriter Jerome Kern gave this assessment: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music." If the only song he ever wrote was "God Bless America", made famous by Kate Smith, Berlin, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1939 for the song, would be an important part of American music. But Berlin wrote more than 900 songs, including the classics "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Always", "Easter Parade" and "Blue Skies", 19 musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam, and the scores of 18 movies, including Holiday Inn, which featured his 1942 Academy Award-winning song, "White Christmas". Lightly rippled. Light stain (barely visible) from removal of address label at the "I". Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 22¼x17¼.
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