VERA H. RALSTON - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/08/1946 - HFSID 289255
VERA RALSTON Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Vera Ralston's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Ralston, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Vera Ralston's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Ralston, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Vera Ralston", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 August 8. Vera Ralston 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. Vera Ralston (1919-2003), born Vera Hruba in Prague Czechoslovakia, first gained attention as an ice-skater, prompting Herbert J. Yates, the head of Republic Pictures, to bring her to the U.S. to become "the next Sonja Henie". Credited as Vera Hruba in her 1941 film debut in Ice-Capades, the actress, who took the name "Ralston" from the name of a breakfast cereal company, would go on to appear in 26 films for Republic Pictures - and would marry Yates (they were married from March 1952 until his death on February 3, 1966). She retired from the screen in 1958 - the year that Yates was deposed as the head of the studio. 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. Staple holes and rust marks at top left. Normal mailing folds. Lightly worn. Slightly creased. Lightly soiled at bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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