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JOSE ITURBI - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/20/1947 - HFSID 289000

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Jose Iturbi's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by Iturbi to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!

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Condition: slightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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JOSE ITURBIConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Jose Iturbi's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by Iturbi to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed: "Jose Iturbi", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1947 January 20. Jose Iturbi grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, 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. Born in Spain, José Iturbi (1895-1980) came to the U.S. in 1929 and spent eight years as conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic. In the 1940s, he appeared in several MGM films-usually playing himself. Iturbi's biggest success came during his Hollywood years with his adaptation of Chopin's Polonaise in A Minor for the 1945 film A Song to Remember. Unfortunately, because of his Hollywood success, it caused many to undervalue him as a serious musician. 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. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Ink and pencil marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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