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Ultimate Hollywood Victory Caravan Scrapbook: A color pictorial history of America's largest bond drive Paperback – 1 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493667599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493667598
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,259,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I. Joseph Hyatt is an entertainment archaeologist who started researching vaudeville and theaters over 40 years ago. A member of the Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, Hyatt's articles have been printed internationally. Traveling across the US, and drawing on many collections, including his own, he brings back past eras with words and photographs.

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This book is about the Victory Caravan which took place all over America to raise money for war bonds during WWII.
The actors that took part reads as a who's who of the best of Hollywood, Including Laurel and Hardy, Cary Grant to name just a few.
I would highly recommend this book to film fans of this era.
The price tag is a little high but as it is a subject I am really intrested in, I was willing to pay it.
You can however buy a cheaper version of this book by purchasing the black and white version.
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A Virtual Tour of an Historic Show 14 July 2014
By Eric Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are two versions of this book, the regular black + white, and a full-color edition. Both are very interesting histories, and loaded with many illustrations. This color edition really brings to us a vivid document about how this variety show was presented.

It has been said that hard times can bring out the best and worst in people, and the same goes for wartime. This book is about some of the good which was done during World War II. In 1942, a large group of movie celebrities were organized for the largest road show of celebrities ever, ‘The Hollywood Victory Caravan’. The purpose was to raise funds for two organizations: the Navy Relief Society and the Army Emergency Relief, which were formed to give assistance to the families of military personnel who were either on-duty or killed in the war. The movie stars involved donated their time for this variety show, which performed in eleven cities over a three-week period, and raised more funds than ever before for these two relief agencies. I. Joseph Hyatt has extensively researched this historic all-star variety show, and has put it all together in this very interesting book.

This ‘Ultimate Hollywood Victory Caravan Scrapbook’ takes us through the whole tour, as dozens of talented stars traveled together on a special train to perform in cities from Washington, D. C. to San Francisco. Mr. Hyatt has collected information and memorabilia from each of the show’s performances, and has presented it here in this book, with a running narration of interesting and amusing stories of things which happened along the way. Some film footage of performances has been discovered, and the book shows us frames from these films, along with a great many regular photographs and reproductions of official program books, newspaper clippings and advertisement posters.

This book gives us a look at how these movie stars took time out of their normal careers to make an effort to help the families of those who had gone overseas to fight in the war. The many stars included James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Bing Crosby, Joan Blondell, Groucho Marx, Olivia de Havilland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope and the greatest comedy team of all: Laurel & Hardy. Irv Hyatt has compiled and written a very interesting and entertaining history of this historic tour. Everyone who is interested in that time, or else a fan of the movies of that era, will enjoy this book.
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