KENNETH WESTERN - CLIPPED SIGNATURE CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE WESTERN - HFSID 160502

THE WESTERN BROTHERS (GEORGE WESTERN and KENNETH WESTERN) Rare signatures of the English music hall stars, "Mockery with Monocles" Signatures: "George Western", "Kenneth Western", 3x1½.

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THE WESTERN BROTHERS (GEORGE WESTERN and KENNETH WESTERN)
Rare signatures of the English music hall stars, "Mockery with Monocles"
Signatures: "George Western", "Kenneth Western", 3x1½. GEORGE WESTERN (1899-1963) and KENNETH WESTERN (1895-1969), actually cousins, starred on English music hall stages from 1925. Posed as English aristocrats in evening dress, school ties and monocles, they combined humorous music with patter which gently satirized English society. They wrote their own music and dialogue. George played the piano, while Kenneth lounged casually on it. They made many recordings and appeared in a few films. Their World War II song attacking Nazi radio propagandist "Lord Haw-Haw" was very popular. Their popularity waned as the music halls closed, and as the social class structure they had spoofed became less rigid. In his final years, George Western ran a tobacco kiosk in Weybridge. The Western Brothers can be heard on many music hall compilations, and one album devoted to them alone. They were the subject of a BBC special, "Mockery with Monocles", in 2012. Irregularly cropped. Soiled. Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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