W. C. FIELDS - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/12/1946 - HFSID 289116
Sale Price $1,870.00
W.C. FIELDSConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce W.C. Fields's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by W.C. Fields, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "W.C. Fields", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 September 12. W.C. Fields 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. W. C. FIELDS (1880-1946), born William Claude Dukenfield, began his career in silents, later excelling in such films as David Copperfield (as Micawber), My Little Chickadee (with Mae West) and The Bank Dick.The vaudeville veteran, who appeared in every version of the "Ziegfeld Follies" from 1915 to 1921, made his last film, Sensations of 1945, in 1944. 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 edge. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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