Judy Garland chipped in to do her part to aid the war effort in 1945. Miss Garland had agreed to appear in a “Command Performance” for the Victory Committee without charge, but to do so required certain paperwork. Item 32 is a signed, printed letter to Loew's, Inc., where she agrees this performance is not part of the employment services under her contract, and that “no compensation shall be payable by you to me in connection therewith in addition to the compensation, if any, which would have been payable under said contract in the absence of said appearance.” That convoluted language at the end was evidently to protect her from Loew's using the document to get out of other payments they owed her. $975. Sale price $675.
Item 14 is a letter from the notable French boxer, Georges Carpentier. It was written at the height of his career, 1921, when he reigned as the world light heavyweight champion. In the letter, he writes to his buddies in France in appreciation of their support. The following year, Carpentier challenged heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey in what was the first million dollar gate in boxing history. Carpentier, a war hero, was very popular both in Europe and America, and in a bout of wishful thinking, some gave him a chance, but Dempsey knocked him out in four rounds. $350. Sale price $250.