RICHARD DIX - DOCUMENT MULTI-SIGNED 07/28/1946 - HFSID 288908
Sale Price $595.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Dix's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed three times, twice as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed three times: "Richard Dix", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 July 28. Dix grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right 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. Richard Dix (1894-1949), the rugged leading man of many silent films, made his debut in 1921. He often played the strong, silent type in his early films, and was the hero in the modern part of DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923). He also played an Indian Nophaie in The Vanishing American (1925). Richard Dix achieved his greatest success, a Best Actor Oscar nomination, for Cimarron (1930) which won the Best Picture Oscar. 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." Filing holes at left edge. Lightly toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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