Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween stickers

From my collection, a panel of uncut, gummed stickers made by Disney licensee Dennison.

The Dennison Manufacturing Company was a Disney licensee between 1933 and 1936 that produced printed crepe paper items, decorations, napkins, table covers and other associated party supplies. This item dates from the early-1930s.

Click on the above photo to see a larger image. Click here to see another neat uncut Dennison Christmas related item.

Floyd Gottfredson employee card

This absolutely fantastic item comes courtesy the collection of my good friend Dennis Books. Dennis has been collecting for close to 50 years and in my opinion, has one of THE BEST collections of vintage, pre-1948 Disney memorabilia.

Dennis' collection runs the gamut of great Disney collectibles - hundreds of pieces of exquisite art, and hundreds upon hundreds of dolls, bisques, celluloid toys, books, magazines, premiums, letters and other ephemera, all from the '30s and '40s.

Floyd Gottfredson's 1935 employee card is but one example of the numerous rare and unique items Dennis owns. I always look forward to my visits with Dennis to admire his collection and to marvel at his latest acquisitions.

Gottfredson began his career at Disney's in 1929 as an animation in-betweener. When Win Smith and Ub Iwerks left the Studio, Walt Disney asked Gottfredson to work on the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, the position the budding artist had initially hoped to be assigned to. The move to the Comic Strip Department was the beginning of an association that lasted some 45 years.

Gottfredson's first Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip debuted on May 5, 1930. Under his stewardship the strip eventually evolved from a gag strip to one that featured great, serialized stories. Several of the many new characters developed by Gottfredson included the Phantom Blot, Captain Doberman and Gloomy, and Eega Beeva.

Gottfredson passed away in July 1986 at the age of 81.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mickey Mouse Magazine - November 1939

November 1939 issue of the Mickey Mouse Magazine. Vol. 5 No. 2. Great seasonal cover.

From the collection of my good friend Dennis Books.