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MISCHA AUER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 289293

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

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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MISCHA AUER
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Mischa Auer's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Auer, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Mischa Auer", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Mischa Auer 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. Russian-born Mischa Auer (1905-1967) was cast in his early films as a sinister foreigner, until his comic talents were recognized in My Man Godfrey (1936), for which he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Other popular films featuring Auer include You Can't Take It With You (1938, in which he popularized the phrase, "Confidentially, it stinks!), Destry Rides Again (1939) and Hellzapoppin' (1941).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). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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