JOAN CAULFIELD - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/12/1946 - HFSID 288809
Sale Price $658.75
JOAN CAULFIELDConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Joan Caulfield's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Caulfield, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Joan Caulfield", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 June 12. Joan Caulfield 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. Joan Caulfield (1922-1991) was a popular model and starlet who played featured roles in films from Miss Susie Slagle's (1945) to Buckskin (1968) and in mature supporting roles thereafter. She received critical acclaim for The Unsuspected (1947). She had debuted to good reviews on Broadway in Kiss and Tell (1943). Joan appeared in several musicals, including Blue Skies (1946), and had her own TV sitcom, Sally, for one season (1957-1958). She made numerous TV guest appearances, the last being on 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote. 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. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Pencil mark (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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