Beautiful Autographed 1949 Picture Signed by Jimmy Stewart & June Allyson Lot #87
This is a still photograph from the 1949 movie "The Stratton Story," in which Jimmy Stewart played Monty Stratton, who pitched for several season in the 1930s for the Chicago White Sox. June Allyson co-starred as his wife, a role she played in three movies.
I might add that I love the film; as I've said many times, I always try to acquire items for resale I'd be quite happy to own.
Stratton, who was a major league all-star one year, accidentally shot himself in the leg while hunting that resulted in the amputation of his leg. The movie was a biography, no doubt with a few Hollywood embellishments, but the late pitcher said in 1949 that it was a very accurate portrayal of his life.
After the accident Stratton, with a prosthetic leg, returned to baseball to prove to himself and the world that he could still play ball. If you are a fan of Jimmy Stewart (and June Allyson) you'll love the movie. Stewart and Allyson both signed the photograph with bold signatures.
I might add (should anyone care) that one of my favorite pieces of art that I own is a portrait in pen and ink of Harvey the invisible rabbit, drawn and signed by Stewart. It's been on our wall for more than 30 years.
Over the years the most expensive signature The History Bank has sold was indeed one from Lincoln, but the rarest one belonged to Harry Wright, manager of the first professional baseball team in Cincinnati in 1869. His was part of a collection of baseball Hall of Famer autographs we sold 20+ years ago and most of the signatures came with a special bit of history about how/where the autograph was obtained.