Thomas Ince – 1922 Signed Document – TLS On His Studio Letterhead. We are offering a March 29th, 1922, 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 TLS (Typed Letter Signed) to a theatre owner, on Thomas H. Ince Culver City studio letterhead. This letter, to a theater owner, announces the formation of an Exhibitors’ Service Bureau. Signed in blue fountain pen. The only negative concerning this amazingly rare signed document is that the document has been laminated by the previous owner. That is something I’ve never seen before. Though unusual, It has preserved the document and it displays wonderfully. Ince is one of the rarest autographs of the silent film era. His death in 1924, was the subject of much speculation and scandal, with rumors of murder, mystery, and jealousy. The official cause of his death was heart failure, and while witnesses (including his widow Nell) corroborate that his medical condition brought about his death, rumors and sensationalism continued decades later, fueled with the 2001 release of the movie The Cat’s Meow. Read bio and background below. Thomas Harper Ince (November 16, 1880 – November 19, 1924) was an American silent film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. Ince was known as the “Father of the Western” and was responsible for making over 800 films. He revolutionized the motion picture industry by creating the first major Hollywood studio facility and invented movie production by introducing the “assembly line” system of filmmaking. He was the first mogul to build his own film studio dubbed “Inceville” in Palisades Highlands. Ince was also instrumental in developing the role of the producer in motion pictures. Two of his films, The Italian (1915), for which he wrote the screenplay, and Civilization (1916), which he directed, were selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. He later entered into a partnership with D. Griffith and Mack Sennett to form the Triangle Motion Picture Company, whose studios are the present-day site of Sony Pictures. He then built a new studio about a mile from Triangle, which is now the site of Culver Studios. Ince’s untimely death at the height of his career, after he became severely ill aboard the private yacht of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, has caused much speculation, although the official cause of his death was heart failure. All autographed items are guaranteed authentic for life. We reserve the right to end any listing at any time. We sell on other venues and items may become unavailable. I have an entry as a consignor and contributing expert in ” R&R 1998 Autograph price guide “.
STAFFORD – Typed Letter Signed. On Air Force Flight Test Center letterhead. Edwards Air Force Base, California dated December 1, 1977. One page and measures 8″ X 10 1/2″. Condition: Normal mailing folds and staple holes at top left corner. Typed letter explaining that an orientation program has been cancelled. Dear Mr Valentine We have been notified that the Air Force Systems Command Civic Leader Orientation (7-9 December) has been cancelled. This has been caused by the unavoidable conflicts beyond our control. I very much regret this having occurred and extend apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. It is hoped that another orientation might later be scheduled and you will be given first consideration for that program. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Stafford Major General, USAF Commander. Valentine – Publisher, Antelope Valley Ledger-Gazette, Lancaster, Ca. Stafford was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1962. In December, 1965, he was pilot of Gemini 6 and he and commander Wally Schirra flew the first space rendezvous mission, closing to within a foot of Gemini 7, with astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell aboard. He commanded Gemini 9, with Gene Cernan as pilot, in June, 1966, rendezvousing with an alternate docking target after the Atlas boosting their original Agena target failed. They were unable to dock with the alternate because a protective fiberglass shroud had failed to separate completely, but they flew three different types of rendezvous with it. Stafford commanded the Apollo 10 lunar orbit flight in May 1969, with John Young and Gene Cernan. He and Cernan separated the Lunar Module and approached to within 10 miles of the surface, paving the way for the Apollo 11 crew to make the first moon landing two months later. Stafford logged his fourth space mission as commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in July 1975. He, Deke Slayton, and Vance Brand linked in orbit with a Soyuz carrying cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Valery Kubasov. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1978 and was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, Research Development and Acquisition, Headquarters, USAF, Washington, D. He retired from the Air Force in 1979. He co-founded the Technical Consulting Firm of Stafford, Burke, and Hecker, Inc. Seagate Technology is the largest independent hard disk drive maker in the world. He has served as an advisor to a number of governmental agencies including NASA and the Air Force Systems Command. He was a defense advisor to Ronald Reagan during the presidential campaign and a member of the Reagan transition team. He served on the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; the Committee on NASA Scientific and Technological Program Reviews and Vice President Quayle’s Space Policy Advisory Council. He was Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions, is currently Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on ISS Operational Readiness, and Co-Chairman of the Stafford-Covey Space Shuttle Return to Flight Task Group. This is one of the Best guarantees anywhere! This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Space”. The seller is “legendsinhistory” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: Thomas Stafford