Historic DS, signed “W. Guthrie,” one page both sides, 6 x 8, August 19, 1940. Guthrie’s 1940 application for AFRA membership, filled out by Guthrie, signing his name, and adding his address and phone number on the front, and writing his occupation on the reverse, “Singer.” At the bottom of the reverse, he checks the box indicating his approximate gross income from radio and transcriptions as up to $200. Double-matted, shadow-boxed and framed with two images of Guthrie to an overall size of 14.25 x 25. In fine condition. On the day he joined the American Federation of Radio Artists, Guthrie and Burl Ives performed during the debut of the Back Where I Come From radio show on the CBS Network. Later on, in September of 1940, he hosted the radio program entitled Pipe Smoking Time, sponsored by the Model Tobacco Company, pulling in a handsome salary of $180.00 per week, allowing him to move the rest of his family to New York. The gig would be short-lived as Guthrie quit after seven shows, and finally packing his family and heading to California in 1941. An item of great musical importance, and an instance of Guthrie, a left wing folk singer, looking out for his professional well-being. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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