Robert Taylor Helps the Needy


Robert Taylor in the mid 1940s.

This is a consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Robert Taylor’s signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans.  The form is signed twice by Taylor, once as an autograph sample and to grant permission.  A remarkable, perfectly verified example!

Document signed twice:  “Robert Taylor,” 1 page. 8 1/2 x 11. No place.
1946 August 20.

Subject to the approval of Loew’s Incorporated and to such conditions and limitations as may be imposed by Loew’s Incorporated, I hereby consent to the use by Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors, assigns and/or licensees of my name, autograph, photographic likeness and/or artist’s sketch of my likeness, for reproduction on photostamps, gravure, embossed or printed stamps and stamp albums of motion picture celebrities and in connection with any advertising and/or exploitation of the aforesaid stamps and/or stamp albums and to the sale of the aforesaid stamps and/or stamp albums throughout the world.

It is understood that I am not assuming any financial obligation whatsoever in in connection with the aforesaid enterprise and that no compensation shall be payable to me in connection thereof.

Dated: Aug. 20, 1946
X Robert Taylor

We hereby consent to the execution of the foregoing instrument by ROBERT TAYLOR upon condition that any use of his (her) name, autograph and/or likeness shall be subject to each and all of the conditions and limitations set forth in that certain agreement between Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc. and the undersigned dated July 9, 1946 and to such further conditions and limitations as may hereafter be agreed upon between Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc. and the undersigned.


Typical Taylor autograph.


From an advertisement for the photo stamps and albums:
Harlich Mfg — Chicago — 1947. “Introduction” by Jean Hersholt. Some stamps were color portraits some were black & white portraits. The album cover – shows a large stamp and the “faces of comedy and tragedy” with many movie star signatures.

Hersholt colorized

Jean Hersholt

Intro. made by Jean Hersholt,
Pres. of the Motion Picture Relief Fund In 1947
Approved by National poster stamp society

To the Screen Stars who likenesses appear on the Hollywood Star Stamps much gratitude is in order. Though their generosity of spirit and through the hearty cooperation of the motion picture studio this extensive project has been made possible.

You will enjoy Collecting stamps of many notable film personalities whose Autographs are reproduced on the following pages and this album will provide you in the years to come with a most valuable reference to the Stars of Today
(signed) Jean Hersholt, Pres, the Motion Picture Relief Fund


Elizabeth Taylor Stamp


Left to right: a typical album cover; introductory page; typical page; sheets of stamps.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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