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JAMES WARREN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/23/1946 - HFSID 289291

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likenesses for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. Signed twice, once to give authorization and once as an autograph sample. A perfectly verified example of a rare signature!

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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JAMES WARREN
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likenesses for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. Signed twice, once to give authorization and once as an autograph sample. A perfectly verified example of a rare signature!
Document signed twice: "James Warren", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 September 23. Warren grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use their 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. He signs with the understanding that he accrues no financial benefit or obligation, and limits the duration of the deal to the end of 1947. Warren also stipulates that he must give his consent to the use of any image of him. James Warren (1913-2001), born James Wittlig in a family of immigrant Swiss watchmakers, made thirty films over a decade (1942-1953) before returning to his first passion: painting watercolors. His appearances in top-grade films were mostly bit parts or un-credited ones, but he had leading roles in B-Westerns, including a series of Zane Grey stories produced by RKO. While in Hollywood, he continued to exhibit his art, attracting discriminating buyers like Vincent Price and Katharine Hepburn. He left Hollywood for Hawaii to pursue his art full time. 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, film and radio star Jean Hersholt (1886-1956) 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." Filing holes at left edge. Staples holes at top left corner. Lightly creased. Multiple mailing folds. Pencil notes (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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