JAMES DEAN - BOOK SIGNED CIRCA 1948 CO-SIGNED BY: ADALINE NALL BROOKSHIRE, PAUL WEAVER, EDITH THOMAS - HFSID 280766
Sale Price $5,100.00
JAMES DEANEver wonder what a 1950s icon looked like in high school? Ever wonder if he really was a "Rebel Without a Cause"? This incredibly rare piece is a 1948 yearbook from Fairmount High School in Fairmount, Indiana, signed "Jim Dean" in blue ink shows the budding actor as a basketball player. Also signed by Dean's friends, coaches and teachers. Comes in an 11¼x14½x2¼ black-and-gold-colored frame with bio plate. Signed pieces from this early in Dean's life are highly desirable! Book signed "Jim Dean" on page 56 in blue ink, "Paul Weaver" in blue ink on page 11, "Adaline "Nall/Brookshire" in black ink on page 11 and "Edith Thomas" in pencil inside back cover. B/w, 68 pages with numerous signatures in black and blue ink and lead pencil, all in unknown hands, bound with two staples in gold-colored cardstock covers. Comes in an 11¼x14½x2¼ black-and-gold-colored frame with bio plate. Titled: "Black and Gold/1948". This copy of the 1948 Black and Gold yearbook for Fairmount High School of Fairmount, Indiana features a Junior class photo of a budding young James Dean, who would rise to stardom and ultimately cult status in the seven short years that followed. He's shown in glasses and a basketball outfit and is introduced to us as "Jim Dean, who made a fine showing on the second team last year and as guard this year on the first. Should be a regular next year." Dean appears five other times in this book and is mentioned as a high hurdler in track, a shortstop on the basketball team, an elected officer of the 4-H Club and amember of the Thespian Society and cast member of the junior class play Our Hearts Were Young and Gay. This yearbook also has over 100 other signatures, most on the last three pages, including: drama teacher Adaline Nall Brookshire, reportedly his favorite teacher at Fairmount High; coach Paul Weaver; four friends who were pallbearers at his funeral seven years later; and Edith Thomas, his girlfriend. Dean (1931-1955) portrayed alienated, anti-establishment youth in East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (released in 1955 shortly after his death) and Giant (1956), receiving Academy Award nominations for East of Eden and Giant. A motorcycle enthusiast like his hero, Marlon Brando, Dean purchased a Triumph 500cc TR5 Trophy model bike after seeing Brando ride a similar model, and wear a similar hat, in The Wild One (1954). Dean was only 24 when he was killed in an automobile accident on September 30, 1955. His final day on the Giant set was just two weeks earlier. Lightly toned, stained and foxed. Cover has completely separated from rest of book and is lightly creased and scuffed with missing bottom right corner. Ink transference throughout book. Pages have separated from binding. Frame is lightly tarnished, dented and scratched. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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