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    Donnie Dunagan's Personal Photos. A wonderful packet with dozens of pages and scores of items on Donnie Dunagan's early life, from toddler portraits to early Hollywood publicity photos and behind-the scenes snapshots. The range is remarkable -- pictures of Donnie in his "king" costume from a Memphis talent show, a scrapbook page with a sample piece of cloth from his "royal robes and crown," his 1937 FBI fingerprint cards, his "Baby King" certificate with gold seal from the Womans Benefit Association of San Antonio, Texas, his health card from two-and-half years old, (with a 100% score), and much more in the form of photos, clippings and scrapbook material. Of special interest to film fans will be four pages of correspondence to and from RKO Radio Pictures (one of the letters on RKO stationery, with its trademark insignia) regarding Donnie's contract, options and agency; two of these letters are signed by Donnie and three are signed by his parents. There are also scrapbook pages with personal snapshots taken of Donnie's arrival by train in Los Angeles, posing with the agent who "discovered" him, working and playing on the set of Donnie's first movie, RKO's Mother Carey's Chickens (1938), taken at the RKO ranch, as well as a shot of little Donnie typing (!) at home and reviewing a script, and a snapshot of the Dunagan family's brand new car, purchased with his salary from RKO. The pages are revelations about Donnie's early life, as well as fascinating evidence of the life and challenges faced by a child performer in tha era. Overall Excellent condition. Colorful and compelling artifacts! From the Donnie Dunagan Archive.

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    The movie quite literally changed my life. I have included a pic of me in Sly's Rocky 3 Cashmere overcoat, would much appreciate if it is possible for you to forward this email to Sly to let him know the overcoat is in good hands, and will be well taken care of, (as will be the Rambo knife forging tools, the other lot I won!) Wish you very happy holidays and a great 2016!
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