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WILLIAM "HOPPY" BOYD - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/08/1946 - HFSID 289219

WILLIAM BOYD Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce William Boyd's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by William Boyd, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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WILLIAM BOYD
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce William Boyd's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by William Boyd, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "William Boyd" and "William Boyd/"Hopalong"", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 8. William Boyd 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. William Boyd (1895-1972) first starred as Hopalong Cassidy, a western hero who dressed in black and rode a white horse ("Topper"), in 66 features filmed between 1935 and 1948. He personally acquired the television rights to the films and edited the features into 30 and 60-minute segments. The series proved so popular that Boyd filmed an additional 52 episodes for television in 1951 to 1952. Hopalong Cassidy was televised on NBC from 1949 to 1951 and was syndicated from 1952 to 1954. In 1952, the year he signed this document, Boyd was also also seen in a cameo as "Hoppy" in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, who had launched Boyd's career as a matinee idol when he cast Boyd as the romantic lead in The Volga Boatman (1926). In 1956, Boyd would be DeMille's first choice to play Moses in The Ten Commandments, but Boyd turned down the role, thinking that his association with "Hoppy" would hurt the film. 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. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. ½ inch piece missing from bottom right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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