WALLACE BEERY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 11/04/1946 - HFSID 289105
WALLACE BERRY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Wallace Beery's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Wallace Beery once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
Sale Price $765.00
WALLACE BERRY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Wallace Beery's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Wallace Beery once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Wallace Beery", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 November 4. Wallace Beery 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. Wallace Beery (1885-1949, born in Kansas City, Missouri), the younger brother of Noah Beery, Sr., worked in theater before signing his first film contract (1913). Among his memorable movies were The Champ, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar in 1931, Dinner at Eight (1933), Viva Villa and Treasure Island (1934), Barnacle Bill (1941) and Bad Bascomb (1946). He began his career at the age of 16 as an elephant trainer's assistant with the Ringling Bros. circus. Moving to Hollywood, Beery starred in a series of comedy shorts as Sweedie, a Swedish maid. With the advent of sound, he showed his versatility in leading roles and became one of the most popular performers of his time. Among his roles in the 1930s were Pancho Villa, Long John Silver and P.T. Barnum. 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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