WARNER BAXTER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/10/1946 - HFSID 288878
Sale Price $637.50
WARNER BAXTERConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Baxter's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document Double Signed: "Warner Baxter", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 September 10. Baxter 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. Former vaudeville performer, Broadway actor and silent film matinee idolWarnerBaxter (1889-1951) won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for playing the Cisco Kid in the 1928 film In Old Arizona. Baxter, who had broken into silents with a bit part in 1914, would go on to appear in nearly 100 films, including Miss Brewster's Millions (1926), The Great Gatsby (1926), Ramona (1928), The Arizona Kid (1930), Daddy Long Legs (1931), The Cisco Kid (1931), 42nd Street (1933), Dangerously Yours (1933), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), Kidnapped (1938), Return of the Cisco Kid (1939), Lady in the Dark (1944) and a series of Crime Doctor films (appearing as Dr. Robert Ordway from 1943 to 1949). 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 (worn). Staple holes and paperclip indentation at top left. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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