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IRVING BERLIN! Extremeley Rare Signed Unpublished WW2 7x9" Photo to Fellow Entertainer Lanny Ross!<br>SOLD!

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A signed photo of Irving Berlin is rare enough, but this one is particularly unique. I'll let the writing that appears on the back of the photo tell the general story:

"Captain Lanny Ross, Special Service Officer under General MacArthur, in the Pacific with Irving Berlin who arrived overseas with his company of "This is the Army" to entertain overseas armies"

That's Lanny Ross standing next to Berlin in the photo, holding the "trick" money". Irving Berlin has inscribed it, "To Lanny/ my best to you always/ Irving Berlin".

You may not have head of Lanny Ross, but he was a popular singer/actor in the 1930s & 1940s famous for his rendition of "Moonlight and Roses". Ross also hosted the NBC radio program "Showboat" and starred in films such as "Melody in Spring" (1934) and did vocal characterizations for the animated feature, "Gulliver's Travels" (1938).

Irving Berlin, as you know, probably wrote more American standards than any other single composer, his works include: "White Christmas", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "How Deep is the Ocean", "Cheek to Cheek", "Always", "God Bless America", Puttin' on the Ritz", "Easter Parade", "Remember", "Let Yourself Go", "There's no Business Like Show Business", "Always", and "Blue Skies" to name a FEW!

The front of the photo is in excellent condition. The back has the writing mentioned above and also some paste residue - but if this one was ever pulled out of a scrap book, it was done with great care because there is NO resultant damage to the front image from the removal.

One of the most important figures in American music history. An excellent museum quality piece.

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Regular price: $1,800.00Sale price: $850.00

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