[Los Angeles]: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade [?], 1939 [?]. Single sheet folded to create  panels measuring 8 x 5 1/2 inches (204 x 140 mm), striking color illustration in red to the upper panel.Rare playbill for two plays on the Spanish Civil War at the Musart Theatre in Los Angeles. The plays were fundraisers for refugee children in Spain and for wounded Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. No author is given but the playbill states: "Written by a returned Veteran, these plays are a sincere effort to portray the life of the Spanish people in their heroic struggle for independence." There's one clue to the name of the author. In the Albert Prago Papers at the Tamiment Library & Wagner Archives at New York University, there's a reference to a 1939 tribute to Spanish Civil War dead. The program for this tribute mentions "Camarada I.B." by Leonard Cahn. Cahn was indeed a veteran of the Spanish civil war and was injured when Franco's Fascists bombed his barracks in Barcelona, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star of November 1, 1938. It mentions he was in Los Angeles when he volunteered to fight in Spain in January 1938 and had sold a short story. He returned to the U.S. later that year. The Contemporary Theatre Group performed both plays, which deal, in part, with Fascist bombings of civilians. Clen Wilenchick directed "Salud! Salud!," while Max Pollack directed "Camarada I.B." Both took place at the Musart Theatre around 1939. (Dates given as February 12-19 but no year is provided.)OCLC FirstSearch shows no institutional holdings of this playbill. Nor were there any in commerce as of October 23, 2019. RARE. Item #2084
CONDITION: Vertical and horizontal folds, some creasing and edge wear, erased word to top left corner of upper panel. Overall, Very Good.