George M. Cohan (1878-1942), Composer, Playwright, Actor, and Producer. Started in vaudeville with his family as a child. In his early years, he wrote “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.” His boisterous patriotism became the hallmark of his career. He would often rouse the audience to wild enthusiasm simply by dancing across the stage with a flag. Excelling neither in singing, dancing, nor acting, he nonetheless won the hearts of millions by his sheer exuberance on stage. A few stage successes include George Washington, Jr. 1906 (“You’re a Grand Old Flag”), The Man Who Owns Broadway (“There’s Something About a Uniform”), The Yankee Prince, The Song and Dance Man, and American Born, and many others. His famous song “Over There” was composed in honor of the American Expeditionary Force. It became virtually the American Anthem during World War I and well over a million copies of recordings and sheet music were sold. In 1940, Congress awarded Cohan a special Medal of Honor for writing “Over There” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” He died in 1942, the year in which Yankee Doodle Dandy, an Academy Award-winning film based on his life, was released. $10,000 New York Bond “Loan For Canal Improvement” dated 1919, attractively engraved in the Capitol by Quayle & Sons, Albany. Boldly made out to “George M. Cohan” at front and very nicely signed at back. A couple of tiny hole cancellations do not effect the bold signature. Minor light stain mentioned only for accuracy otherwise Excellent Condition. A great Patriotic Autograph in Patriotic Times. Extremely Rare!!!
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