Monday, December 11, 2017

Bashful Dwarf Theatrical Mask

A Bashful mask designed for theatrical performances. Measures about 24" from beard to tip of hat. Inner tag reads, "Backstage Inc." and is numbered "21".

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See numerous other Seven Dwarfs theatrical masks in an earlier Archive entry.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

David Hand Ephemera

David Hand (1900-1986) was the Supervising Director on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Walt Disney was always the one in charge of the motion picture, but David was next in command. Organized and to the point, he got people to do what was needed, especially during the controlled chaos that was the Disney Studio during that final year of production on the film. He was 37 years of age when Snow White premiered.

In this excerpt from John Canemaker's book, Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation (Disney Editions 2001, p.21), we get a little insight into Hand's directorial style. Animator Les Clark is introduced to David's temper.

David worked for the Disney Studio from 1930-1944. In July of 2014, Heritage Auctions listed this group of ephemera that once belonged to him. It included three hand-signed identification cards from: 1931-32 (also signed by Roy Disney), 1934, and 1942 (photo ID).

The auction also featured an inter-office company memo dated May 3, 1938. It was a notification of David's "Snow White Adjustment Compensation" for all his long hours of work on the project. His bonus totaled $5000. Not bad at all for 1938!

Images via Heritage Auctions.

Read the excellent 1973 interview with David by Michael Barrier at his website:

Coloring Book Cover Artwork

In June of 2013, Heritage Auctions offered this original artwork for a Snow White coloring book. The listing read as follows...
Beautifully illustrated cover for an unknown Snow White edition, possibly unused. The ornate lettering is similar to the opening title in the film, leading us to believe this is from the time of the original Disney movie. Gouache on illustration board measuring approximately 8.25" x 11".

We haven't yet come across a coloring book that utilized this artwork; it is possible that the design was never used.

UK Snow White "Easy to Play" Piano & Organ Songbook

Snow White Easy-To-Play Piano or Organ Selection. Features eight songs, 20 pages (including cover). Published by Chappell & Co., Ltd. in London. Copyright Bourne Inc. Disney illustrations by permission Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse, Ltd. Authorized for sale only in Great Britain. Circa 1940s.

Front and back covers.

Title page.

Sample pages.

Image scans courtesy of the Greg Philip Collection.

1938 UK Snow White Piano Selection Songbooks

Snow White Piano Selection songbook. Compilation of songs; total of 11 pages. Published by Chappell & Co., Ltd. Copyright Irving Berlin Inc. Illustrations by permission Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse Ltd. Printed in England 1938. Price 2/6 net.

Image courtesy of the Greg Philip Collection.

Sample page: Some Day My Prince Will Come.

I'm Wishing.

Back cover.


Individual songbooks were also produced for all of the numbers. Each priced 1/- net.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

1939 'Snow White Bread' Newspaper Ads

In 1938-39, bakeries coast-to coast paid for the Disney license to sell Snow White Bread. Local operations would print their name on the bread wrappers, which featured images of the movie characters (see earlier Archive entry). Ad slicks were also available from the Disney marketing division.

These particular bread advertisements date from March 1939 and appeared in the North Platte Daily Bulletin, a newspaper located in Nebraska. Seven ads have been found, one for each dwarf, though usually only one per day.

Images from Filmic Light Collection.

These same bread ads were also printed on classroom ink blotters. See a Dopey version in a another post.

The North Platte Daily Bulletin used pink paper for their comics section, hence the reason for the color of this Grumpy ad.

The ads were run on multiple occasions. Happy is shown below in newspapers from different days.

Additional images from March 15, 1939 via North Platte Genealogical Society.

1938 Seven Dwarfs "Globe Trotter" Window Signs

Snow White-themed paper signs meant for use as store window displays. Three unused examples: Dopey, Doc, and Grumpy (who looks uncharacteristically friendly in this illustration but that's definitely his nose). Each is marked, "© 1938 Walt Disney Enterprises". Measure 10.5" x 20.5".

According to Heritage Auctions, the signs may have been designed to promote the Mickey Mouse Globe Trotters bread and milk ad campaign. Sponsored by local bakeries and dairy producers, the promotion encouraged kids to join the Globe Trotter club. Members received a game board map to attach Disney bread/dairy cards to. They'd also get a pin-back button printed with the name of the local sponsor.

Images via Heritage Auctions and Hakes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rare Adriana Caselotti Photos (part 2)

Early 8x10 headshots and publicity photos of Adriana Caselotti. These were discovered at a recent estate sale for a close friend of Adriana.

See more Adriana publicity shots in the previous post.