Now here's where it gets real interesting. This is a pen pal story. This signed program comes from one such pen pal friendship that started in the early 60's, between two teenage girls, one living in Pennsylvania in the United States and the other living in Bradford England.
Here's just part (edited) of the two page hand written letter of provenance that come with this signed Beatles program: Sometime ago I found myself corresponding with a peer of my own age, but from quite far aways. Somehow I connected with Diane (British pen pal) and we became pen pals. Her name was Diane (last name edited out by me) and she lived at two Stevenson Street, Bradford Yorkshire England. We wrote about stuff fifteen and sixteen year olds write about and writing about how one day we would meet.
At some point Diane started writing about this group of musicians who were becoming very popular in England. She sent me newspaper clippings and other print media which I kept in a scrapbook. But the biggest treasure arrived in the form of a program. Diane's father was a stage hand or security guard at a theatre where the Beatles were performing, she asked him if he would get the "Fab Four" to sign it which they did.
She then sent it to me, along with her signature (see page opposite Beatle signatures), which to me was just as special Signed Michelle. Diane wrote on the opposite page To Michelle love from Diane. I thought you'd like my autograph too. Now here's where it gets even more interesting.
If you look at the tour dates of this Beatles fall tour with Mary Wells etc. You will see that on October 9th 1964, which was the opening night of their fall tour, where they played two shows at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford. Most Beatles signed items out there can't be traced to a specific date and placeThis is. Also what's also extra special here is that this program was signed by John on his 24th birthday, which of course was October 9th.This is truly a unique piece of Beatles history and a remarkable set of signatures, that are only going. The program itself is intact and the signed Beatles page measures 8" X 10 1/2" (oversized set of signatures) and the page is in Excellent+ with slight tear and vertical fold not really affecting the autographs.
The page is remarkably clean and free of any fading, pitting or soiling. This set of Beatles autographs come with a certificate of authenticity. I have been collecting music memorabilia for over forty years now.The item "The Beatles Authentic Program Signed 10/09/64 John Lennon's Birthday Autographs" is in sale since Sunday, February 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Music\Rock & Pop\Other Orig Rock/Pop Autographs". The seller is "pinnacleartists" and is located in Staten Island, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.