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REGINALD GARDINER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 289156

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

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REGINALD GARDNER
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Reginald Gardner's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Gardner, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Reginald Gardner", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Reginald Gardner 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. British actor Reginald Gardner (1903-1980) spent most of his 50-year stage, screen and television career playing suave but slightly untrustworthy British gentlemen. Gardiner, who made his Broadway debut in 1935, appeared in a number of feature films, including Royal Cavalcade (1935), Marie Antoinette (1938), The Great Dictator (1940), The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943), Halls of Montezuma (1951), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), What a Way to Go! (1964) and Do Not Disturb (1965). Television viewers remember him best for his role as Uncle Ned Pruitt on The Pruitts of Southhampton (1966-1967), although Gardiner appeared in a number of anthologies and series, from The Best of Broadway (1954) to The Monkees (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. Normal mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) slightly affecting autograph sample. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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