JACK HALEY SR. - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 10/07/1946 - HFSID 289174
Sale Price $450.00
JACK HALEY SR.
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Jack Haley's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Haley, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: '"Jack Haley", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 October 7. Jack Haley 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. Jack Haley (1900-1979), fondly remembered as The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, was originally a vaudeville star. Haley also starred in such films as Pigskin Parade (1936) and the 1938 films Alexander's Ragtime Band and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. After last starring role in Vacation in Reno (1946), Haley did not make another feature film until 1970s Norwood, although he was frequently seen as a guest star on television series. His son, Jack Haley, Jr. (1933-2001) was a Hollywood producer. 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. Staple holes at top left. Paperclip indentation at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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