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JANET MARTIN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED - HFSID 288940

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Martin's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once to give consent and again as a sample autograph. Also signed by her mother, Myra Terry .

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JANET MARTIN
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Martin's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once to give consent and again as a sample autograph. Also signed by her mother, Myra Terry . A perfectly verified example of a rare signature!
Document signed twice: "Janet Martin", 1 page, 8½x11. Also signed "Myra Terry/Mother". Hollywood, California. Martin grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use her 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. Janet Martin is something of a mystery. She made her film debut in an un-credited role in Mission to Moscow (1943), and was soon cast in small singing parts in movies such as Roy Rogers' The Yellow Rose of Texas. Despite achieving first or second billing in her final four films (The Main Street Kid, Heart of Virginia, King of the Gamblers and Train to Alcatraz, 1948-1949), she disappeared from films thereafter. No biography of Martin is readily available, not even her birth and death dates. She merits further research. 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." Filing holes at left edge. Staple holes at top edge. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned. Right edge creased. Corners worn. Stained at bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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