RICHARD CROOKS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 1932 - HFSID 180728
Sale Price $144.00
The opera singer's signature on an album leaf bearing two magazine photos of him, dated in 1932!
Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Sincerely/Richard Crooks/1932.", 5¼x4½ album leaf. Magazine photographs, b/w, affixed at upper margin and lower right corner. Ink note (unknown hand) identifies date and place autograph obtained: "New York, N.Y./Feb. 4, 1932". American tenor Richard Crooks (1900-1972) made his operatic debut in 1927 in Hamburg, Germany as Cavaradossi, the role in which he made his American debut in Philadelphia three years later. Crooks made his debut at the Metropolitan opera in 1933 and remained with the company for the next decade. He is best known, however, for his recordings of ballads and for his hundreds of radio broadcasts, especially as a regular on The Voice of Firestone (from 1932). It was on that program in 1945 that Crooks failed to hit a high note, and he retired on the spot. Lightly creased, vertical fold at the "ha" of Richard and one letter of Sincerely. Slightly rippled in blank areas around photographs, stray ink marks at upper left margin. Fine condition.
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