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    An Orson Welles Pair of Scrapbooks Relating to "The War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast, 1938. Compiled specifically for Welles himself by a professional clipping service, two oversized grayish-colored cloth-covered volumes, both have black ink annotations on spine reading "Vol. I / Oct. 31, '38" and "Vol II / Oct 31, 1938 / & / Mar 1, 1938 / War of the Worlds," approximately 140 pages each, filled with hundreds of newspaper clippings all related to Welles' notorious and infamous radio broadcast that took place on October 30, 1938 -- an event that American school children still learn about 75 years later, articles are from various publications around the United States and are all glued to the scrapbook pages -- overall, a rare and comprehensive collection of fantastic information about this scandalous event that was associated with Welles for the rest of his life; included with a letter from Beatrice Welles indicating she consigned this lot directly to Heritage Auctions. (Please note all the pages of the scrapbook are extremely brittle due to age, the clippings are yellowed, and the front and back covers are tattered and water damaged, but the articles are still intact and legible.)
    17" x 12" x 3"

    Five months after a 'Time' magazine cover story acclaimed him the 'marvelous boy' of American theater, Welles' place in history was solidified with his 'Mercury Theatre on the Air' radio show of 'The War of the Worlds.' Welles made this announcement at the end of that show, not yet realizing the scope of the event: "This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that 'The War of the Worlds' has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be; The Mercury Theatre's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying 'Boo!' Starting now, we couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing -- we annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn't mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember please for the next day or so the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody's there, that was no Martian, it's Halloween."

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    April, 2014
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