Vintage 8×10 glossy black and white chest-up studio portrait by John Miehle, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, To my idea of a/Perfect Postmistress/Love from/Helen Broderick/1940.”  Fine condition, with small corner pin holes and scattered very mild handling bends that do not substantially detract from overall appearance.  A celebrated star of Broadway musicals in the 1920s, and the mother of Broderick Crawford, Helen Broderick entered films in 1930 and worked in Hollywood until the mid-1940s, appearing in about three dozen films, invariably cast as a wisecracking sidekick. She is best remembered for her roles in the Astaire-Rogers vehicles, Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936).