KATE SMITH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1975 - HFSID 178107
Sale Price $324.00
Singer Kate Smith wrote this letter on the back of a 1975 letter from an autograph hunter. It accompanied three signed cards, not included.
Autograph letter signed "Kate Smith". 1 page, 8½x11. In full: "Dear Rev. Gerkin - I tried (as I have many times before) to write on the front of these cards [not included] - which refuse any kind of ink - but to no avail. Sorry. Sincerely". Written on the back of a Feb. 3, 1975 letter from the Rev. Erwin A Gerken on his personalized stationery from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington, asking for Smith's autograph. Known as the "Songbird of the South", Smith (1907-1986, born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Washington, DC) was one of the most popular stars of the pre-WWII era. She is best remembered for her definitive version of the patriotic anthem God Bless America, which became a hit on no less than three separate occasions, beginning in 1938. A radio, television and recording star for five decades, Smith is also known for the song she co-wrote, When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain, which became her theme song when The Kate Smith Show debuted on radio in May 1931. In 1950, she became a pioneer in daytime television programming with The Kate Smith Hour, which ran for four years. Later, The Kate Smith Show (1960) ran only one season, and Smith slowed her pace after the death of her longtime manager, Ted Collins, in 1964, making only occasional appearances in nightclubs and on television shows. Lightly toned and creased. Light show-through from verso touches signature and handwriting. Light dent at top right corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Light nicks at left edge along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.
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