November 14th, 2012


Nice ebay find

Mom is a big Lucille Ball fan. So I've occasionally poked around ebay looking for an autograph to get her for her birthday or Xmaholisolstizaah. Usually there are some crummy repro 8x10s and some expensive cancelled checks that look as snazzy as a cancelled check.

And then I found this. A bit pricey, but pretty awesome.

For the link-o-phobes, it's a program menu for FDR's Birthday Ball in 1944 for the benefit of the National Foundations for Infantile Paralysis, which FDR founded in 1938. It's now known as the March of Dimes.

Anyway, Lucy has signed it, as have

actors Walter Pidgeon & Brian Donlevy

John Russell Young – Chairman of the Birthday Ball Committee, member of the Board of Commissioners of Washington, DC.

Fleet Admiral William Leahy – At the time, he was the highest ranking member of the US military.

Brigadier General Albert Lyman Cox – The kind of guy who can't escape getting into the same biz as his father, a Confederate general. Cox went through Harvard Law, was elected to the House, and then appointed to the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Then in 1916, he resigned in order to serve in World War I. In 1938, he became commanding general of the National Guard in the District of Columbia.

The ebay listing then mentions 'and others'.

I managed to identify the two others:

Jose Iturbi - Spanish conductor, harpsichordist and pianist, also starring (as himself) in a few films, including Anchors Aweigh.

And the big find:
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