MARSHALL THOMPSON - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/26/1946 - HFSID 288971
Sale Price $488.75
MARSHALL THOMPSONConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Marshall Thompson's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Thompson, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Marshall Thompson", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 August 26. Marshall Thompson 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. Marshall Thompson (1925-1992) has an extensive resume of over 110 movies and TV shows between 1944 and 1991. Thompson often appeared in war movies during his early career, including starring roles in Battleground (1949) and To Hell and Back (1955), but it was also peppered with roles in B-grade cult flicks like Cult of the Cobra (1955), It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), Fiend Without a Face (1958) and First Man into Space (1959). Thompson's best known TV is probably Dr. Marsh Tracy on Daktari (1966-1968). 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. Staple holes at top left. Autograph sample signature lightly smeared at "m" in Thompson. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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