Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0031123111: ROBERT L. RIPLEY

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Scarce vintage fountain pen signature, inscribed to the son of actor Edward G. Robinson, on a 5.25 x 5.25 slip of light green Believe It or Not! stationery, dating to the 1930s.  In fairly good condition, overall, but priced to reflect some surface crinkling, gentle soiling in spots, and a faint tear passing through the writing which has been repaired on the verso with tape.  Nice for matting.  Fascinating cartoonist, entrepreneur, globetrotting explorer, and amateur anthropologist Robert L. Ripley is remembered as the creator of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper series, which gave rise to radio and television programs, and the opening of a number of odditorium museums in the 1930s and 1940s.  Ripley showcased odd facts and artifacts collected from around the world, as well as items submitted by readers, who supplied photographs to provide proof of a wide variety of small town American trivia, ranging from unusually shaped vegetables, curiously marked animals and persons capable of superhuman feats.