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USO Tour Signed Silk Hankies

An intriguing bit of big band ephemera, two silk Japanese handkerchiefs signed by a number of 1940s big band leaders/musicians.  Obtained by an American soldier at a USO show in Japan during the Korean War, the two handkerchiefs are sewn together at one corner with a few threads (easily separated), and are each signed by different artists. Each measuring 11''x 11'', each featuring an illustration of a Geisha with the words ''Ginza Tokyo'' (entertainment district in Tokyo).   The first handkerchief signed by: Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sammy Kaye, Tommy Tucker and Ray Mckinley.  The second signed by Gene Krupa, Charlie Spivak, Paul Fredericks (inscribing to the soldier's wife Ruth), Guy Lombardo and Kenny Gardner.  Some creases, a few light stains, else fine. (13590)

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