Arthur Lake – Document Double Signed 07/22/1946

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ARTHUR LAKE Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. Lake has signed twice, once to give consent and again as an autograph sample. He has drawn the face of Dagwood Bumstead, his most famous film character, above his sample signature. A perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: “Arthur Lake”, 1 page, 8½x11. With the same pen, he has drawn the face of Dagwood Bumstead, the cartoon character he portrayed in a series of popular films. Hollywood, California, 1947 April 22. Lake 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. Clark signs with the understanding that he will derive no financial benefit or obligation from this enterprise. Arthur Lake (1905-1987) was a child actor whose adult career was set in 1938 when he portrayed Chic Young’s cartoon character Dagwood opposite Penny Singleton’s Blondie in the first of 28 films featuring the fictional family through 1950, with a brief TV series in 1954. In the movie, quite opposite the comic strip, Blondie had the family brains. 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 stor… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. DOCUMENT 288898
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