VAN JOHNSON - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/19/1946 - HFSID 288946
VAN JOHNSON Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Van Johnson's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Johnson, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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VAN JOHNSON Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Van Johnson's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Johnson, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Van Johnson", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 August 19. Van Johnson 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. Van Johnson (1916-2008) emerged as a film star during World War II, later making a good transition from leading man to character roles. His prominent films include Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1943), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Divorce, American Style (1967) and The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Johnson could also sing, permitting him to star in the film version of Brigadoon (1954) and on many stages as The Music Man. Often cast in war movies, as in Battleground (1949), he could also play romantic leads, as he did opposite such stars as Janet Leigh, Judy Garland, Esther Williams, June Allyson and Deborah Kerr. 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 left. Signatures lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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