Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Ultra-rare vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in the late 1930s or early 1940s. Above, but nowhere near the writing, there are very faint traces of an erased pencil notation by the original collector; otherwise, in good condition and nice for display withe a favorite photograph. While best remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Henry in the fantasy classic The Wizard of Oz (1939), veteran character actor Charley Grapewin appeared in over 100 other classic films, almost uniformly cast as lovable old codgers.  His long list of credits includes Anne of Green Gables (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Captains Courageous (1937), The Good Earth (1937), The Shopworn Angel (1938), Of Human Hearts (1938), Sabotage (1939), Johnny Apollo (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and They Died with Their Boots on (1941).  Along with Clara Blandick, his autograph is one of the two rarest Oz stars to locate in authentically autographed material and this is the real McCoy.