THOMAS MITCHELL - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 10/08/1946 - HFSID 289141
THOMAS MITCHELL Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Thomas Mitchell's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Mitchell, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Thomas Mitchell's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Mitchell, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Thomas Mitchell", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 October 8. Thomas Mitchell 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. Character actor Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1939's Stagecoach and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Hurricane (1937). His other memorable films include Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gone With the Wind (all 1939), Our Town and Swiss Family Robinson (both 1940), The Black Swan (1942), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), High Noon (1952) and Pocketful of Miracles (1961). The multitalented Mitchell also appeared on Broadway (he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Hazel Flagg) and on television (capturing an Emmy Award in 1953 as TV's Best Actor in 1952) and was a writer, director and producer.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 edge (worn, bottom hole torn to edge). Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned at edges. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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