KEENAN WYNN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/17/1946 - HFSID 289168
KENNAN WYNN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Kennan Wynn's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Wynn, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
Sale Price $467.50
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Kennan Wynn's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Wynn, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Keenan Wynn", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 August 17. Kennan Wynn grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Part of a multi-generation acting family that included his father, comedian Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn (1916-1986) had an acting career that spanned 52 years, with 168 roles in movies and numerous appearances on television. His best-known role was that of Colonel "Bat" Guano in the Cold War satire, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), but Wynn also provided supporting performances in Between Two Women (1944), Easy to Wed (1946), Royal Wedding (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) and Finian's Rainbow (1968). He also appeared in the Disney flicks Herbie Rides Again (1974) and The Shaggy D.A. (1976), as well as on Dallas (1978-1980). 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. Otherwise, fine condition.
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