Made from thick cardboard-like material, this Dopey paddle ball toy dates from circa 1938. It was a premium give-away item sponsored by Kraft and originally came with a ball attached by a string. Paddle measures 9.25" x 5" at its widest point.
A 1938-39 catalog page for Hartleys Ltd., Australia's leading sports store. Several Snow White toys are mentioned and a set of felt dolls are pictured. A similar collection produced by Joy Toys is seen in an earlier post.
Special thanks to William Stillman for sharing this image.
In the 1960s, Marx & Company produced a multitude of plastic figures called Disneykins (see earlier post). Always looking for ways of reinventing their toys, they also came up with a series of rolling figures called Rolykins. Only a handful of Disney characters were made, Dopey being one of them.
Neue Wiener Melange was a periodical from Germany that called itself, 'the magazine of beautiful girls'. It's difficult to know who the target audience was for this publication, with its strange mix of film, fashion, and glamour, along with cheap episodic novels, poetry, history, science, sports--and its profusion of pictures of naked women all over the place (plus a few muscular scantily dressed men as well).
On the cover of the August 1950 issue, someone who resembles Joan Crawford is shown with a rather homely looking dog-print top. On the title page, we see a "farmer's daughter" type model. Maybe both photos might have appealed to German housewives of the era. Yet, set directly between these two pages, on the inside cover, is a third photo of a woman who is posing buck naked.
Add to this mix the fact that Snow White was given her own two-page centerfold spread. The result is quite an odd eclectic magazine.
Image scans and info courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.
From the late 1930s to mid '40s, E. Séphériadès of Paris published a series of 12 Snow White postcards. In 1945, Superluxe of Paris took over the printing and increased the collection to a set of 25 cards. Circa 1950, the same postcards were issued--with a few changes--as a 24-card set in Germany by Erdal-Fabrik, Philipp Mühlen & Co.
Up until this time, the series had never included Snow White's nemesis. Erdal-Fabrik would add the Queen and
Witch, plus the Prince at the bier. It also issued a
collector's book to paste the cards into.
No. 2 - Queen
No. 21 - Witch with Snow White (in a green bodice and pink dress)
No. 23 - Prince at bier
Unlike the earlier French series which were actual postcards that could be mailed, the German set was more like trading cards geared towards collectors. Text on the reverse side of the cards advertised the collector' album, plus Erdal-Fabrik shoe polish products.
The complete set of cards in the album...
These four cards from the French Superluxe series did not appear in this German Erdal-Fabrik set:
No. 18 (While not used in the set, this illustration is on the cover of the Erdal-Fabrik album.)
Special thanks to Greg Philip of A Lost Film for providing additional info and the Erdal-Fabrik images scans.
This series of postcards was issued in Finland probably during the Continuation War with the Soviet Union (1941-44). The dwarfs are dressed in military uniforms and the text references support for the war effort. It's possible the cards were used as premiums to aid in the campaign. Not licensed by Disney. It's likely there were eight cards total in the series if Snow White was included. So far we've come across five of them.
Special thanks to blog reader, Kata, for sharing her Vilkas (Dopey) card with us.