MAXENE ANDREWS - DOCUMENT MULTI-SIGNED 09/13/1946 - HFSID 288913
Sale Price $595.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Maxene Andrews's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Andrews, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Marlene Andrews", "Sincerely/Andrews/Sisters" and "Andrews Sisters", above her signature she writes "only picture to be reproduced is the page attaches to this page" 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 September 13. Marlene Andrews grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use her 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. From 1937 through the 1940s the Andrews Sisters were queens of the radio and juke box. Mostly remembered for their music, rich in sweetness and optimism, the Andrews Sisters were loved by the many troops they tirelessly entertained during WWII. Their upbeat songs, including their signature "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", were perfect morale-builders. During their career, the amazing trio of Patty (b. 1918), Maxene (1916-1995) and LaVerne (1911-1967) recorded more than 1,800 songs and sold over 90 million records. 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 (worn, reinforcement at middle hole). Staple holes at top. Normal mailing folds. Lightly worn. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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