1945-47 Sex, Drugs & Big Bands Autograph Book
Great collection of in-person autographs from the early "career" of the famed Cleveland autograph seeker Steve K. Everything from sex (Lena Horne), drugs (Marie McDonald who unfortunately overdosed), and big band (Gene Krupa). Other notable signatures include Eddie Cantor, Gene Autry, Patsy Kelly w/"kiss," Buster Crabbe, Tex Ritter, Dick Haymes, Pied Pipers (pre-Sinatra), Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Guy Lombardo, George Raff, Jackie Cooper, Jimmy Durante, Vaughn Monroe, Lulu Bell & Scotty, Betty & Marion Hutton and more. Signatures are pen and pencil and all obtained at Cleveland area venues. 50+ total signatures.
This amazing collection of 30,000 autographs was obtained in person by one of the pioneering autograph hounds, Steve Kostrubanic. This Cleveland-area native wandered outside the theaters and sports venues of Cleveland searching for celebrities from the late 1940s right up to the early 2000s. He was fluent in all areas of popular culture including baseball, football, boxing, sports, rock ‘n’ roll, music, cinema, theater, television and more. His later job as Senator Jacob Javitz’s personal driver gave him even greater access to the rich and famous. A Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, he is a member of the Ohio State Boxing Hall of Fame.