Up for bid on eBay is this hand-signed letter--on the authentic Mercury Theatre stationary--by Orson Welles in which he responds to a fan's letter of support for the Mercury's work.
The seller says, "...the ultimate format for a signature of this era. He's inked a perfect autograph in crisp black steel-tip fountain pen -- it's very large and unrestrained, much like Welles himself -- and measures over three inches across."
The seller adds, "It ran but one season, but the finest drama of the 1930s, a.k.a. radio's Golden Era, was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. During its brief run of July 11 to November 20, 1938, the show made careers and pushed the limits of artistic expression with an impressive array of talent and groundbreaking productions, most notably - the notorious and terrifying Halloween broadcast of "War of the Worlds." The next day, Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre were household names. A union stamp is imprinted at lower left. Parchment is toned, as to be expected with any 75-year-old document, and displays typical folds from mailing. This is a fantastic representation of one of history's most influential filmmakers and artists, in what many collectors would consider the most desirable format. Collectors should not underestimate the value of the stationary itself -- it is a rare and significant piece of entertainment history."
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