RICHARD CROOKS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 01/31/1941 - HFSID 100094
Sale Price $252.00
American tenor signs on this photograph in ink, dating it 1941
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Elinore Sayre/Sincerely/Richard Crooks/1941". B/w, 8x10. Photograph by De Bellis/New York (imprint at lower left margin). Pencil note in Sayre's hand on verso dates the autograph: "autog. January 31, 1941 with my pen. Whee!". Also stamped on verso: "Richard Crooks/Leading Tenor/Metropolitan Opera Co." 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 at blank margins and corners, three file nicks at left blank edge. Minor surface creases and scratches (most not evident head on). Light impressions of writing (unknown hand) at upper background. Verso is stained (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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