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    Cornell Woolrich Checks Signed for payment for two short stories. Two checks, each 8.5" x 3.5". One is dated May 19, 1934, and is drawn on the National City Bank of New York for $105 from the Frank A. Munsey Company. It is made-out to Cornell Woolrich and contains the usual cancellation perforations. On the verso, the check is endorsed by Woolrich under the following typed statement: "By endorsement of this check, the payee acknowledges payment in full for the following: One story entitled 'Death Sits in a Dentist Chair,' which the payee sells to the drawer with North American serial rights thereto, with warranty of authorship and ownership, and with authority to copyright said rights." "Death Sits in the Dentist's Chair", published in Detective Fiction Weekly in August 1934, was Woolrich's first crime/suspense story.

    The other check is dated March 10, 1938, and is also drawn on the National City Bank of New York for $575 from the Frank A. Munsey Company. The check is made-out to Cornell Woolrich and contains the usual cancellation perforations. On the verso, the check is endorsed by Woolrich under the following typed statement: "By endorsement of this check, the payee acknowledges payment in full for the following: One serial entitled 'The Mystery of Room 913,' which the payee sells to the drawer with North American serial rights thereto, with warranty of authorship and ownership, and with authority to copyright said rights." "The Mystery of Room 913" was first published in June 1938 in Detective fiction Weekly.

    Cornell Woolrich, a novelist and short story writer, was a pioneer of noir fiction. Alfred Hitchcock's movie Rear Window was based on one of Woolrich's stories. He often published under the pseudonyms William Irish and George Hopley. Both checks are fine.


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