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LARRY PARKS - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 03/15/1947 - HFSID 288781

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

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LARRY PARKS Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Larry Parks's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Parks, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Larry Parks", 1 page, 8½x11. No place. 1947 March 15. Larry Parks 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. Larry Parks (1914-1975) had prominent roles in many Columbia movies of the 1940s, seeming to break through to stardom with the title role in The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949). (In both films he mimed, while Al Jolson himself did the singing. In 1950, however, Parks was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about a short-lived prior membership in the Communist Party. Despite testifying before the Committee, reluctantly naming names of other participants, he was blacklisted by Hollywood. He remained active on stage, and returned to the big screen in Cross-Up (1958) and Dr. Freud (1962). 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. Normal mailing folds. Ink marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.  

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