Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kraft "Hit-O-Ball" Paddles

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.

Images via vintagezone.

A snow white paddle is pictured on page 834 of Hake's Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles, 2nd edition, 2007.

1938-39 Australian Catalog Ad

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.

Marx Rolykins Figures

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.

Each plastic figure measures around 1.25" tall and contains a metal ball bearing on the bottom which enables them to roll. They are hand-painted, although not always with much artistic flare.

Original boxes.

Images via toyhelper.

A "Stunt Speedway" track was sold separately in which the figures could do "loop the loop" action. 

More Marx packaging.

Image via Hake's.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Schneewittchen Juice Glass from Germany

Juice glass features multi-color illustration of Snow White with the forest animals. "Schneewittchen" is printed at the base and "© Walt Disney Productions" along the side. Measures 3.875" tall x 2.5" across. Have not yet found a manufacture date for this one.

Images via vvboutiquelady.

Schneewittchen in 1950 Neue Wiener Melange

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Late '80s Blanche Neige Postcard

This Snow White postcard from France dates to circa 1989. Printed by MD Fabrication Française, Paris. "© Walt Disney Productions."

Images courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.

1950 German Erdal-Fabrik Postcards

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. 4

No. 12

No. 18 (While not used in the set, this illustration is on the cover of the  Erdal-Fabrik album.)

No. 22

Special thanks to Greg Philip of A Lost Film for providing additional info and the Erdal-Fabrik images scans.

Finland Wartime Seven Dwarfs Postcards

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.