TITO GUIZAR - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED - HFSID 289026
Sale Price $467.50
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Guizar, once to grant permission and again as an autograph specimen. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Tito Guizar", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, circa 1946. Guizar 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. Mexican actor/singer Tito Guízar (1908-1999) is credited with introducing the singing cowboy in Mexican films. Guízar, who went to New York in 1929 to study opera, had a radio show there and sang both operas and Mexican cowboy songs at Carnegie Hall. After a brief stint in Hollywood, starring opposite such stars as Roy Rogers, Dorothy Lamour and Mae West, Guízar returned to Spanish-language films and was seen on Mexican TV through the 1990s. 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 creased. Corners lightly worn. Stable holes at top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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