VICTOR McLAGLEN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/21/1946 - HFSID 289212
Sale Price $405.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Victor McLaglen's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by McLaglen, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Victor McLaglen", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 21. Victor McLaglen 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. Victor McLaglen (1886-1959) starred in the 1936 20th Century Fox film Professional Soldier as adventurer Michael Donovan, who is hired by a political group in a fictitious European kingdom to kidnap the young prince so they could take over the government. McLaglen won the 1935 Academy Award for Best Actor for The Informer. In 1952, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (The Quiet Man).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. Normal mailing folds. Staple holes at top left. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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