|Title||Card, membership: Frank Sinatra Fan Club. N.p., n.d., ca. 1944-1946.|
|Object Name||Card, Membership|
|Scope & Content||
Membership card: Frank Sinatra Fan Club. No place, no date, circa 1944-1946.
Printed die-cut cardstock, 2-1/4" high x 3-5/8" wide, rounded corners.
Front, printed in two colors, sepia and blue: inscribed with member's name in ink (Beth Hurwitz) and signed by President (Frances Bergstrom); facsimile signature of Frank Sinatra as Honorary President. No Club or Chapter number entered.
Back: a full bleed black-and-white photo portrait of a youthful Sinatra with his facsimile signature.
The lack of numbers for member, club or chapter would suggest this may have been unissued. The pristine, unused condition would make this appear to have been very treasured in the hands of fan Beth Hurwitz (from Kansas City, Mo.) if it was sent to her.
See notes for more information about Hurwitz, Bergstrom and a letter about: THE FIRST FSFC [Frank Sinatra Fan Club] by Virginia Martin.
On page 4 of Sinatra Scope, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1946 (archives 2015.030.0008) in pen pals section:
Beth Hurwitz 1250 W. 61 Terrace, Kansas City 2, Mo., says that she has loads of movie mags and just calls that a hobby. Beth likes all kinds of music and is taking popular piano lessons. She collects pictures of Frank and his records.
Contribution on page 10 of same issue:
WHY I LIKE FRANK SINATRA
There is something about Frank Sinatra that is so pleasingly informal and yet so very different. I like his way of making each girl think he is singing directly to her. There is something in his . voice that sounds sincere, as if he really means what he sings. Not only his singing voice, but his talking voice too seems warm and full of meaning.
And I like his looks. He looks so very much like the kind of person who goes in for the Sunday funnies and the little things of life. He looks like he would be full of fun and that is exactly the way he acts.
Another thing that I like about "The Voice" is that he goes to schools and makes speeches about how wrong it is to be intolerant of someone's race or religion.
There isn't just one thing that I like about "Frankie", but I like everything there is about him. That, is why Frank Sinatra is "tops" with me and always will be.
Excerpt from page 12 of same publication:
THE FIRST FSFC [Frank Sinatra Fan Club] by Virginia Martin
One of the club members from Kansas City asked me to write a
short article telling of my association with Frank Sinatra. So here goes:
I have been associated with Mr. Frank Sinatra and his clubs since 1940. Once the first club was started, it didn’t take long or them to spread over the country. At present, there are over 1000 clubs, with Marjorie Diven taking full charge in New York. I have worked both for and with many of the clubs, and watched them grow to extreme heights.
All of Frank’s fans are very faithful and have helped to keep him on top, and this faithfulness is greatly appreciated by Frank.
I admire Frank very much not only for his voice, but he has a wonderful personality, is a regular guy, and has proven his worth in many fields.
Frank is very interested in his fan clubs, but he could never begin to read the millionsof letters that keep coming in.
At present he is in New York making personal appearance at the New York Paramount Theatre and the Waldorf-Astoria Wedgewood Room.
Better go now, before I wear out my welcome. Your letters will be welcome if you would care to write to me.
Best of Luck to your club president and your club. I remain
The above article was postmarked in November . Virginia’s address is: 1275 W. 72nd Terrace, Kansas City 5, Mo.
|Year Range from||1944|
|Year Range to||1946|
|Caption||front: 600 dpi|
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