RED SKELTON - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 01/21/1947 - HFSID 289172
RED SKELTON Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Red Skelton's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Skelton, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Red Skelton's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Skelton, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Richard Red Skelton" and "I dood it/Red Skelton", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1947 January 21. Red Skelton 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. Television's The Red Skelton Show (1951-1971) ranked in the Neilsen ratings "Top 20" for a record 15 consecutive seasons, 1955-1970. The show also featured musical groups, including the one of the first U.S. appearances of The Rolling Stones (1964). On his radio show (1941-1953), Skelton developed most of the characters that he would later bring to television: Junior (the Mean Widdle Kid), Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kadiddlehopper, George Appleby, Sheriff Deadeye, San Fernando Red and others. Skelton's film credits date from 1938. He was also an accomplished painter, a 33rd degree Mason (the highest level), and a strong supporter of children's charities. Skelton continued live performances until his death in 1997. 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) (bottom hole torn to edge). Pencil notes (unknown hand) crossing out "I dood it" from autograph sample. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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