Presenting!! Gene Autry Friendship Fan Club Newsletter, Thirteenth Anniversary Issue from 1951 in honor of America's Favorite Cowboy "Gene Autry". In 1938 a young lady named Dorothy (Dotty) Crouse along with her friends formed the very first Gene Autry Fan Club. Dorothy remained the president until 1955 and during those years met Gene Autry numerous times both becoming very close friends. Dorothy named the newsletter "Autry's Aces" and from that point on it was published about every three months with a special anniversary issue every year.
Today I'm offering an Autry's Aces Fan Club Newsletter dated March, April, May, 1951. This is the Thirteenth Anniversary Issue. On the front cover there is a photo of Gene and his lovely wife Ena as they relax on the couch while Gene reads one of his action packed books. On the first page of the Newsletter are the names of President Dorothy Crouse, editor Berenice Olsen, the names of the staff, and the Table of Contents. On page 5 is a full page letter from Gene to his loyal fans. This Newsletter has 25 pages and is packed with all kinds of information about Gene's movies, his personal appearances, and loads of personal letters and comments from fans all across the country.
**Condition: This Newsletter is in very good condition, very clean and bright. There is some very minor chipping along the right edge of the front cover. The back page is not attached to the inside pages.
In reading some of the fan club newsletters, it's quite evident that Gene's fans disliked Roy Rogers because when Gene enlisted in the Army during WWII he became the number two cowboy in films and they blamed the movie studio for pushing Gene out of the limelight to promote Roy Rogers' movies. Each fan club letter is filled with unconditional love toward Gene Autry. Gene always took time to praise his loyal fans through greeting them at all his rodeos and fan club conventions and writing back to his fans in the Autry Aces.
If your mom, dad or grandparent grew up in the 1940's and 1950's they may have watched Gene in the movies or on TV and might have even belonged to the Gene Autry Fan Club. I bet this Autry's Aces Newsletter would make a very nice gift and bring back many wonderful memories.
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