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KIRBY GRANT - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED CIRCA 1946 - HFSID 289298

KIRBY GRANT Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Kirby Grant's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Grant, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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KIRBY GRANT
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Kirby Grant's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Grant, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Kirby Grant", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, no date. Kirby Grant 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. A former concert violinist, Kirby Grant (1911-1985) made his film debut playing the violin in 1935's I Dream Too Much. Although he became a star of B-Westerns, Grant is best known for playing the title role on the TV series, Sky King, which aired from 1951-1953. Grant, who was a popular attraction at B-Western gatherings, later became the Public Relations Director for Florida's Sea World. He was killed in an automobile accident in Titusville, Florida while supposedly en route to viewing a launch at the Kennedy Space Center. 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 (lightly worn). Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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